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Guidebook highlights Second World War cemeteries, gives directions to memorials

Posted: 08/20/2014 2:19 PM | Comments: 0

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FREDERICTON - One Canadian in the Anzio War Cemetery south of Rome. Thirty-two in the Minturno War Cemetery closer to Naples.

In Antwerp, 346 Canadians in the Schoonselhof Cemetery. In the Netherlands, 1,347 in the Holten Canadian War Cemetery.

These and many other cemeteries containing Second World War casualties are highlighted in the new book "Canadians at War: Vol. 2, A Guide to the Battlefields and Memorials of World War II" by Susan Evans Shaw (Goose Lane Editions).

The compact history and travel guide — a followup to the author's 2012 volume covering the First World War — describes key battles and gives directions on getting to memorial sites, including cemeteries in Hong Kong and Japan.

Such a guide is long overdue, she writes in her preface.

"Interest is mounting as World War II passes beyond living memory and into recorded history. Descendants of those who served and those who lived through the tension and chaos of the years 1939-1945 want to see for themselves the remnants and memorials."

Among the memorials are those honouring soldiers with no known graves. The Groesbeek Memorial in Holland, for example, names 1,034 Commonwealth soldiers, including 100 Canadians. The Cassino Memorial, south of Rome, commemorates 4,048 Commonwealth soldiers, including 193 Canadians with no known grave.

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