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War Cemeteries
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War Cemeteries

The design of war graves and war cemeteries was first regulated during the First World War. Yet paradoxically at the same time as the enormous mass deaths, the status of individual war deaths became enhanced. Each of the fallen was now, as far as possible, to be given an individual grave, that, similarly to civilian tombs, would receive the body and perpetuate the name. In the 19th century it was normal for only officers to be interred in individual graves, while other ranks were bu…

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Behrenbeck, Sabine, “War Cemeteries”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 30 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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