Cemetery: BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
Locality: Soltau, Niedersachsen
Visiting Information: October 2010 NOTE: Renovation has taken place in plots 15, 17, 21 and 23. This involved the renewal of the foundations of 224 headstones, after which the existing headstones were refitted. Border replanting will take place in Spring 2011. Wheelchair access to the site is possible, but may be by an alternative entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number 01628 507200
Location Information: The small village of Becklingen lies in the north of Germany approx 85kms north of Hannover.From the A7 motorway Hannover to Hamburg take exit 45 (Ausfahrt 45) SOLTAU-SUD / BERGEN / WIETZENDORF and follow the B3 direction BERGEN.Continue along the B3 for approx 7kms and the cemetery can be found on the right.The cemetery address is:-B3 / Becklingen29614 SoltauGermanyGPS Location is:-N 52 53 25E 09 55 00
Historical Information: The site of Becklingen War Cemetery was chosen for its position on a hillside which overlooks Luneburg Heath, where Field-Marshal Montgomery accepted the German surrender from Admiral Doenitz on 4 May 1945.Burials were brought into the cemetery from isolated sites in the countryside, small German cemeteries and prisoner of war camps cemeteries, including the Fallingbostel cemetery, within a radius of about 80 kilometres. Most of those buried in the cemetery died during the last two months of the war.Becklingen War Cemetery contains 2,374 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 97 of them unidentified. There are also 27 war graves of other nationalities, many of them Polish.
No. of Identified Casualties: 2299