The “nécropole nationale de Sigolsheim” is a war cemetery hosting 1,589 graves of soldiers who died for France during World War II and the fights for the reduction of the Colmar Pocket under the orders of Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny.
Here is the text that you can find on the memorial plate, followed by our translation: “Sur ces pentes des Vosges, dans cette Plaine d’Alsace, par haute neige et vingt degrés sous zéro, des soldats de France, d’Afrique, et des États Unis d’Amérique, amalgamés dans la Première Armée Française sous les ordres du Général de Lattre de Tassigny, forcèrent la victoire dans les luttes acharnées de la Bataille de Colmar, du 20 janvier au 9 février 1945.” (On these slopes of the Vosges, in these plains of Alsace, under deep snow and at 20°C below zero, soldiers from France, Africa, United States of America, amalgamated into the First French Army under the command of General de Lattre de Tassigny, forced victory during the fierce fights of the Battle of Colmar, from 20th of January to the 9th February 1945).
The cemetery was built in Sigolsheim, on the “blutberg” (blood mountain), a hill named by German soldiers because of the horrors of this battle. Because of its location, you can see the cemetery from Sigolsheim, the Valley of Kaysersberg, Colmar, the Rhine plain and from all surrounding areas.
In addition to the war cemetary, there is also a monument honoring American soldiers who died in Alsace to help France.
Needless to say, the place is very touching…
My pictures of the cemetary of Sigolsheim
Access to the cemetery of Sigolsheim is free.
The address is as follows: Nécropole nationale de Sigolsheim 68240 Sigolsheim. It is located:
- 12 km from Colmar (about 20 minutes drive)
- 55 km from Mulhouse (about 45 minutes drive)
- 66 km from Strasbourg (about 50 minutes drive)
By public transport
It is possible to reach the center of Sigolsheim by public transport, and then walk to the cemetery (about 15 minutes walk uphill). To plan your route, please use the website Vialsace.