Militaria Archive

German Military Cemetery Glencree Wicklow Ireland

134 persons are buried here including Luftwaffe & Kriegsmarine of which 53 are Identified and 28 unknown. These were in 59 Graves across 15 counties of Ireland until being moved to Glencree . Included also are the victims of the Arandora Star, German civilian detainees sank by U-Boat in 1940 off Tory Island. 6 WWI German POW's who died in a british POW camp are also buried here as is Dr Hermann Görtz who was one of a series of parachutists (including Irish born Sicherheitsdienst and Abwehr agents) to parachute into Ireland during WWII on espionage & IRA related activities. In the summer of 1940, Görtz parachuted into Ballivor, County Meath, Ireland he remained at large for a total of eighteen months. On his arrest Görtz was interned first at Mountjoy Prison then later Athlone Military barracks with 9 others until the end of the war. In 1947 under the threat of return to Germany and Soviet captivity he took his life by cyanide capsule.