Why is WWII Brittany American cemetery not in that region?

The Brittany American Cemetery is actually in Normandy and not the region where the soldiers commemorated died

The American war cemetery in Saint-James

Reader Question: I saw that the US ambassador went to pay homage to American soldiers who died in the Second World War in Brittany, at a cemetery in Normandy– why is it not in Brittany?

The Brittany American Cemetery is the resting place for more than 4,000 American soldiers who lost their lives during World War Two. 

It is located in Saint-James, a village in Normandy, and not in Brittany as you might expect. 

A temporary burial site was set up in Saint-James in August 1944, after the region had been liberated by the 8th Infantry Division of the US army. Almost all the soldiers buried died in Brittany while liberating the region. 

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The plan was to relocate the burial site to Saint-Georges de Reintembault in Brittany, which was only two kilometres away. 

However, the local councillors in Brittany took a long time to make a decision and the project ended up being abandoned. 

The Americans decided to make the temporary burial site a permanent one, in order to ensure that the soldiers had a final resting place without more delay. 

The Brittany American Cemetery is one of 11 American cemeteries in France, five of which are from World War Two. It was inaugurated in 1956. 

France granted the use of the land of these cemeteries to the American government in perpetuity as a token of gratitude. 

Denise Bauer, the United States Ambassador to France, had been visiting the cemeteries in the run-up to the 80th anniversary of D-Day.