- Hoenderstraat 5801, Venray, Netherlands
Venray War Cemetery is a Commonwealth war grave in Venray. 692 soldiers who died during the period from October 1944 to March 1945 are buried here. Venray was liberated by Allied troops in the middle of October 1944.
Most of the 692 soldiers buried at the Venray War Cemetery died near Venray during the Battle of Overloon, which was part of Operation Aintree. On the site there are 628 British, 22 Canadian, 5 New Zealand, 4 Australian, 1 Polish and 30 unidentified graves. There is also a war correspondent buried.
In 2020 Stichting Adoptiegraven CWGC Venray War Cemetery (Adopting Graves CWGV Venray War Cemetery Foundation) was founded. This foundation gives interested parties the possibility to adopt a grave on the graveyard, to make sure the soldiers and their stories will not be forgotten.
In May 1940 the Netherlands was occupied by German forces. It would take five years before they could be ousted. The final drive to liberate the whole country was launched in February 1945 after the so-called ‘Hunger Winter’ had led to 20.000 fatalities in the still occupied territory.
Immediately after the Netherlands surrendered, a cemetery was laid out at the battle site for both Dutch and German military personnel who died during the Battle of the Grebbeberg.
The military cemetery can be found in Ysselsteyn, Netherlands, in the Province of Limburg close to the German border. The cemetery is the only German military cemetery in the whole Netherlands. 85 killed soldiers from the First World War and almost 32.000 from the Second World War are buried here on a territory of 28 hectares.
Operation Market Garden managed to liberate a large part of the Netherlands, but failed in its main objective: outmaneuvering the Germans with a surprise crossing of the Rhine. The Nijmegen-Groesbeek area, conquered during Market Garden, remained in Allied hands and served as a springboard for the successful Rhineland Offensive in February 1945.