After D-Day, 6 June 1944, the British began an immense operation in Western Europe – on behalf of all the many nationalities serving with the British forces – to find out what had happened to the missing, and to honorably bury or commemorate the dead. This care also extended to enemy soldiers, who as far as possible were treated as equals.

For anyone who is interested in the care of the military dead, this website will provide some of the answers to what was done for the many thousands of servicemen and servicewomen who were listed as dead or missing in Europe by the end of the Second World War.

This work was carried out before the Imperial War Graves Commission (now the CWGC) became involved, at a time when it was the British Army and the RAF who were in primary charge of the care of the military dead.


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