Rethem (German pronunciation: [ˈʁeːtəm]) is a town in the Heidekreis in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated on the river Aller, approx. 25 km southwest of Bad Fallingbostel, and 18 km southeast of Verden. The town was the scene of heavy fighting over the period 10–11 April 1945 between units of the British 53rd Welsh Division and parts of the German 2. Marine-Infanterie-Division with heavy losses on both sides. Most of the German soldiers were not older than 23 years.

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Coat of arms of Rethem
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Location of Rethem within Heidekreis district
HeidekreisLower SaxonyNienburg (district)Hanover (district)Verden (district)Rotenburg (district)HarburgLüneburg (district)Uelzen (district)Celle (district)LindwedelBuchholzSchwarmstedtEsselHademstorfGiltenGrethemEickelohHodenhagenBöhmeHäuslingenAhldenFrankenfeldRethemWalsrodeNeuenkirchenBomlitzSchneverdingenOsterheideBad FallingbostelWietzendorfSoltauMunsterBispingenRethem (Aller) in HK.svg
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Rethem is located in Germany
Rethem
Rethem
Rethem is located in Lower Saxony
Rethem
Rethem
Coordinates: 52°47′5″N 9°22′41″E / 52.78472°N 9.37806°E / 52.78472; 9.37806Coordinates: 52°47′5″N 9°22′41″E / 52.78472°N 9.37806°E / 52.78472; 9.37806
CountryGermany
StateLower Saxony
DistrictHeidekreis
Municipal assoc.Rethem/Aller
Subdivisions4 Ortschaften
Government
 • MayorKarl-Dieter Oestmann (CDU)
Area
 • Total33.76 km2 (13.03 sq mi)
Elevation
16 m (52 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total2,337
 • Density69/km2 (180/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
27336
Dialling codes05165
Vehicle registrationSFA
Websitewww.rethem.de

Rethem is the seat of the Samtgemeinde ("collective municipality") Rethem/Aller.

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