The village of Hotton was once a village under heavy attack during the battle of the bulge. It was the most Western part of the German advance and they needed the Hotton bridge to cross the Ourthe. They never reached that bridge.
Most of the soldiers buried there, died in the operations to hold and drive back the Germans.
Of the 667 war burials, 340 are soldiers, 325 airmen and 1 war correspondent.
527 are British, 88 Canadian, 41 Australian, 10 New Zealand and 1 Polish.
There is also one Belgian soldier who fought with the 53rd Welsh Division.
On the plaque, outside of the cemetery you will find this information:
“On 16th December the Germans launched their last counter-offensive of the war against the lightly held Ardennes sector. Its object was to recapture Brussles and Antwerp and cut the Allies’supply lines. The advance, 50 miles at tis maximum, was halted on Christmas eve. On 3rd January the Americans, with some British reinforcement, struck back and within 4 days the Germans were withdrawing. Meanwhile British Second Army eliminated the bridgehead west of the Roer and the Americans and French dealt similarly with the salient south of Strasbourg.”
Address : Rue de la Liberation, 6990 Hotton, Belgium