Rangers - WW II in Lorraine American Cemetery
Rangers who rest in the soils they liberated photos courtesy Honorary S&D, Franck Maurouard, France
The Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial in France covers
113.5 acres and contains the largest number of graves of our military dead of
World War II in Europe, a total of 10,489. Their headstones are arranged in nine
plots in a generally elliptical design extending over the beautiful rolling
terrain of eastern Lorraine and culminating in a prominent overlook feature.
Most of the dead here were killed while driving the German forces from the
fortress city of Metz, France toward the Siegfried Line and the Rhine River.
Initially, there were over 16,000 Americans interred in the St. Avold region in
France, mostly from the U.S. Seventh Army's Infantry and Armored Divisions and
its cavalry groups. St. Avold served as a vital communications center for the
vast network of enemy defenses guarding the western border of the Third Reich.