At the German War Cemetery in Narva, not only German soldiers have their final rest. We also find some volunteers from Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Danmark, Estonia and even a few Russian’s fighting for the Axis. I had a walk here trough this, nowadays, calm place.
At this calm summer day, it’s hard to imagine how hard battles that took place here, especially in February 1944. I total died 35.000 German soldiers on Estonian soil, 10.000 more German’s died in labor camps.
In the German War Cemetary in Narva, we also find other nationalities. There are not so many on this cemetery, but on some tombstones, names that don’t sound German can be seen. Some Scandinavian names are easy to recognize, and what I’ve read on other places, Dutch, Finnish, Estonian and Russian soldiers from the Axis resting here – And even a few children!
A Soviet Cemetery in Narva?
A huge amount of Soviet soldiers also died here of course. Tens of thousands lost their lives when trying to cross the frozen Narva river and later on, the battle of the Tannenberg line. But, due to Soviet superstition, wearing dog tags in battle could be bad luck. Therefore, Soviet victims are likely buried in mass graves combined with a large victory monument.