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CIMITERI DI GUERRA E MEMORIALI DI GUERRA

 

 WAR CEMETERIES AND WAR MEMORIALS

 

 

Cimitero di Guerra del Commonwealth di Coriano (Rimini)

 

Coriano Ridge Commonwealth  War Cemetery (Rimini)

 

 

 

Il cimitero Militare Inglese di Coriano (Rimini) Ŕ il luogo di sepoltura di di 1.940 soldati del Commonwealth caduti in Italia durante i combattimenti sulla linea gotica nella Seconda Guerra Mondiale. Si trova a Coriano,  vicinio a Rimini, circa 3,5 Km a ovest di Riccione. Si raggiunge percorrendo la SS16 da Rimini in direzione di Riccione, e voltando a destra in prosimitÓ del Centergross, e seguendo poi le indicazioni per Coriano. Arrivati a Coriano il cimitero si trova sulla vostra destra. E' un luogo suggestivo e pieno di pace, che impone rispetto per coloro che vi sono sepolti. Dei 1.940 caduti, suddivisi per nazionalitÓ, 54 sono ignoti, 1.413 britannici, 427 canadesi, 1 australiano, 28 sudafricani, 8 indiani, 4 altri e 7 non identificati.

 

Coriano Ridge War Cemetery is the burial place of 1.939 Commonwealth soldiers who fought on t the Gotic Line during WW2. The cemetery is located 3.5 kilometres west of Riccione, a seaside resort on the Adriatic coast, and is reached by turning west off the main Rimini/Riccione road, the SS 16, about 1 kilometre north-west of Riccione. At this turning there is a sign leading to the cemetery. Follow it in the direction of Coriano until a T junction is reached, then turn left and after a short distance the cemetery will be found on the right-hand side. Cemetery address: Via Piane, 4 - 47853 Coriano (RN). It is a peaceful place, showing deep respect for those who are buried here. Out of 1.940 fallen, divided by nationality, 54 are not known, 1.413 british, 427 canadian, 1 australian, 28 south african, 8 indian, 4 other nations and  7 not identified.

 

 

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CORIANO RIDGE WAR CEMETERY

 1939-1945

 

The land on which this cemetery stands

is the gift of the Italian people

for the perpetual resting place

of the sailors, soldiers and airmen

who are honored here

 

CORIANO RIDGE WAR CEMETERY 1939-45

 

Il suolo di questo cimitero

Ŕ stato donato dal popolo italiano

per l'eterno riposo

dei marinai, soldati e aviatori

alla cui memoria Ŕ qui reso onore

Lo amavamo tanto - ma Dio lo ha amato di pi¨ - e lo ha portato a casa - a riposare con Lui

We loved him well - God loved him best - And took him home - with Him to rest

 

 

Ricorderemo per sempre la felicitÓ che ci hai dato

We shall remember always the happiness you gave

    

Ce ne sono altri, si, lo sappiamo,

ma lui era nostro,

e lo amavamo tanto.

Se ne Ŕ andato prima.

 

There are others, yes, we know,

but he was ours, and we loved him so.

Gone before.

 

Fino a che il giorno sorgerÓ

e le ombre se ne andranno

 

Until the day break

and the shadows flee away

 

Un soldato della guerra 1939-1945, Conosciuto da Dio

A soldier of the 1939-45 war, known to God

 

 

Historical information

(Source: http://www.cwgc.org)

On 3 September 1943 the Allies invaded the Italian mainland, the invasion coinciding with an armistice made with the Italians who then re-entered the war on the Allied side. Following the fall of Rome to the Allies in June 1944, the German retreat became ordered and successive stands were made on a series of defensive lines. In the northern Appenine mountains the last of these, the Gothic Line, was breached by the Allies during the Autumn campaign and the front inched forward as far as Ravenna in the Adratic sector, but with divisions transferred to support the new offensive in France, and the Germans dug in to a number of key defensive positions, the advance stalled as winter set in. Coriano Ridge was the last important ridge in the way of the Allied advance in the Adriatic sector in the autumn of 1944. Its capture was the key to Rimini and eventually to the River Po. German parachute and panzer troops, aided by bad weather, resisted all attacks on their positions between 4 and 12 September 1944. On the night of 12 September the Eighth Army reopened its attack on the Ridge, with the 1st British and 5th Canadian Armoured Divisions. This attack was successful in taking the Ridge, but marked the beginning of a week of the heaviest fighting experienced since Cassino in May, with daily losses for the Eighth Army of some 150 killed. The site for the cemetery was selected in April 1945 and was created from graves brought in from the surrounding battlefields. Coriano Ridge War Cemetery contains 1,939 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.

 

 

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