Russian War Cemetery Amersfoort – Leusden, The Netherlands


The gate of the Russian War Cemetery in Amersfoort – Leusden, The Netherlands

Russian War Cemetery

At the cemetery in Amersfoort is a special field of honor. It’s dedicated to Russian victims of the second world war. It is the only Russian War cemetery in the Netherlands.

On this plot lie 101 Russian soldiers mainly from the Central Asian Soviet Union. They were prisoner of war, captured during the Second World War on the eastern front. Transported to the Netherlands by train to Camp Amersfoort. These soldier never fought in the Netherlands or on the western frontier. Within 5 months of detainment 24 prisoners died of malnutrition. The 77 remaining prisoners were put to death without trial on 9 April 1942. All shot at the execution stand near Camp Amersfoort. A memorial pillar at the exact location is the only thing that remind us of their gruesome fate. After the war the Dutch reburied the Russian soldiers on the Amersfoortse cemetery near the town of Leusden.
Upon arrival at the cemetery there is a information sign with the history of the Russian soldiers. It is just in front of the fence, next to it you will find a registry with the names and location of the victims on the resting place.
Russian War Cemetery in Amersfoort – Leusden, The Netherlands
The unknown soldier, Russian War Cemetery in Amersfoort – Leusden, The Netherlands
Russian War Cemetery in Amersfoort – Leusden, The Netherlands
In the back of the field of honor stands a commemorative column. The column is made out of marble from Russian soil, and donated by the Russian Government.
Our visit was just after the 9th of May. The ninth of May is Victory day in Russia, it is celebrated with grand military parades to bring honor to the hereos of the war, and to remember the fallen.
Russian War Cemetery in Amersfoort – Leusden, The Netherlands
Besides fallen from the Second World War we saw one Russian gravesite from World War One.
World War One gave – Russian War Cemetery in Amersfoort – Leusden, The Netherlands
Russian War Cemetery in Amersfoort – Leusden, The Netherlands

Dutch Victims of World War Two

Next to the side exit on the right of the Russian field of honor is a monument for all the Amersfoortse and Leusdense civilians who have fought for peace, freedom and safety.
Dutch Civilian Memorial on the cemetery in Amersfoort – Leusden, The Netherlands
Dutch Civilian Memorial on the cemetery in Amersfoort – Leusden, The Netherlands

A little further, still on the same cemetery there are other Dutch war casualties. The grave stones stand in a crescent shape. In addition to soldiers, resistance fighters and civilians there are forced labourers, political prisoners, hostages and victims of the notorious Camp Amersfoort. The cresent counts one hundred and fifty graves in total.

Dutch War graves, Cemetery in Amersfoort – Leusden, The Netherlands
Dutch War graves, Cemetery in Amersfoort – Leusden, The Netherlands

Commonwealth War Graves

Slowly we walked on to a monument for English pilots, on top is a propeller from one of the downed aircrafts.
Raf grave on Cemetery in Amersfoort – Leusden, The Netherlands
Behind us is a commonwealth war cemetery, yes we are still at the same cemetery in Amersfoort. More than 230 allied pilots are buried here, 238 to be exact. Around the field lies a walkway, all the Commonwealth pilots are inside the field, others casualties are buried on the outside of it. Characteristic at the field of honor of the Commonwealth is the “Cross of Sacrifice”. In addition to English, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand pilots you see gravestones with Belgian, Polish and French pilots, which all served the RAF.
Commonwealth Cemetery in Amersfoort – Leusden, The Netherlands
Commonwealth Cemetery in Amersfoort – Leusden, The Netherlands
Commonwealth Cemetery in Amersfoort – Leusden, The Netherlands
On the outer ring of the commonwealth field of honor are gravestones with even more nationalities. Here you will find, Italians, Portuguese, Romanians, Hungarians and other nationalities.
Commonwealth Cemetery in Amersfoort – Leusden, The Netherlands
Itialian war graves at the Cemetery in Amersfoort – Leusden, The Netherlands
Czechoslovak War Graves – Cemetery in Amersfoort
Czechoslovak War Graves – Cemetery in Amersfoort
Czechoslovak War Graves – Cemetery in Amersfoort

Visit

The cemetery in Amersfoort, Leusen is open on daytime hours, al year long.

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