Trip Planner:   Europe  /  France  /  Normandy  /  Basse-Normandie  /  Manche  /  Saint James  /  Historic Sites  /  Brittany American Cemetery

Brittany American Cemetery, Saint James

(4.8/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web)
Brittany American Cemetery contains the remains of 4,410 American soldiers from World War II, most of whom lost their lives in the Normandy and Brittany campaigns of 1944. Along the retaining wall of the memorial terrace, you can view the inscribed names of 498 of the missing. Rosettes mark the names of soldiers who have been found. It is one of 14 permanent American World War II military cemetery memorials erected by the American Battle Monuments Commission on foreign soil. You can visit a memorial chapel at the cemetery. Over the entrance door, a sculpture grouping consists of an eagle, shield, stars, laurel, and arrows, representing the seal of the United States. The shield is flanked by two floating angels representing victory. The one to the left of the observer, wearing the Columbian cap, is in mourning. She holds in her right hand the laurel of the brave and in her left hand the palm of sacrifice. The figure to the right is the triumphant Victory, clothed in mail and wearing a helmet. Her right hand holds a sword, her left hand a trumpet. Below the sculpture is the inscription, "In memory of the valor and the sacrifices which consecrate this soil." Using our custom trip planner, Saint James attractions like Brittany American Cemetery can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Create a full Saint James itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Saint James

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Manche by other users

24 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Mont-Saint-Michel BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Normandy BY A USER FROM BELGIUM March, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Normandy BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 8 days in France BY A USER FROM CANADA May, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Cherbourg-Octeville, Carentan & Santander BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Normandy BY A USER FROM FRANCE April, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 15 days in France BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Spain, France & Lisbon BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in France & England BY A USER FROM CANADA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in France BY A USER FROM CANADA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 42 days in France, Switzerland & Monaco-Ville BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The American Cemetery at St James is an extraordinary place. The atmosphere is at the same time peaceful, and sad. I am not a spiritual person, but at this place I had a spiritual experience. It was d...  more »
  • Like all American cemetery, this one is very well maintained. The cemetery is impressive. Smaller than Colleville but much easier to access
    View original
  • Place where l feels invaded by sadness. Young men perished to save the France. Place of meditation simply.
    View original
Google
  • Amazing place! So beautifully kept and peaceful. Walter was a great person to talk to as he knew everything there was to know about the place. Definitely pick up a brochure from the visitor centre in the entrance as there is so much to know about the cemetery that you wouldn't know just looking around. Walter was kind enough to explain it all to us.
  • Absolutely immaculaty maintained site. Very American. Certainly add this to your list if doing the D-day sites. Hard to not get a little emotional at these sites.
  • Very impressive. Everything is so well kept, and the personel very polite and helpful.
  • This is a wonderful place. The staff, Walter and Emily are two of the finest people one could meet anywhere and are exactly right for this place. The cemetery is serene, at peace and absolutely beautiful. A very special place and a special experience having the privilege to visit here.
  • Was very impressed..especially with the "keeper" Walter..his vast knowledge and enthusiasm was just brilliant...