The cemeteries of Normandy

Back in July I had the pleasure and honour to visit Normandy and its numerous military cemeteries. Back then I also promised photos, but due to lack of time I haven’t posted them yet. Well, it’s time to settle this debt and apologise for the delay.

A wreath at a monument at the largest American military cemetery in Normandy, near Colleville-sur-Mer, just next to Omaha Beach.

A wreath at a monument at the largest American military cemetery in Normandy, near Colleville-sur-Mer, just next to Omaha Beach.

Thousands of crosses at the Colleville-sur-Mer cemetery. Altogether, 9,387 American servicemen were buried there.

Thousands of crosses at the Colleville-sur-Mer cemetery. Altogether, 9,387 American servicemen were buried there.

All crosses are made of white marble.

All crosses are made of white marble.

The graves of Jewish servicemen are market with a marble Star of David.

The graves of Jewish servicemen are market with a marble Star of David.

A grave of an unknown soldier. There are 307 of them buried at the Colleville-sur-Mer cemetery.

A grave of an unknown soldier. There are 307 of them buried at the Colleville-sur-Mer cemetery.

Some of the graves were marked with flags, flowers and wreaths.

Some of the graves were marked with flags, flowers and wreaths.

All graves are in straight lines.

All graves are in straight lines.

The grave of Private Ryan. Obviously not of the one who was saved.

The grave of Private Ryan. Obviously not of the one who was saved.

The memorial at the Colleville-sur-Mer cemetery.

The memorial at the Colleville-sur-Mer cemetery.

Omaha Beach is just behind the cemetery. You can see the sea behind the trees.

Omaha Beach is just behind the cemetery. You can see the sea behind the trees.

The monument at Omaha Beach.

The monument at Omaha Beach.

Tens of thousands of young men sailed ashore here on 6th June, 1944, and thousands of them lost their lives.

Tens of thousands of young men sailed ashore here on 6th June, 1944, and thousands of them lost their lives.

A modern memorial to the brave men who gave their lives liberating Europe. The Normandy landings were the largest amphibious invasion in world history.

A modern memorial to the brave men who gave their lives liberating Europe. The Normandy landings were the largest amphibious invasion in world history.

A German military cemetery in Huisnes-sur-Mer.

Among the cemeteries of Normandy there are also German ones. This is a German military cemetery in Huisnes-sur-Mer.

This cemetery is actually an ossuary, which means that a body is first buried in a temporary grave, then after some years the skeletal remains are removed and placed in a small crypt to save space.

This cemetery is actually an ossuary, which means that a body is first buried in a temporary grave, then after some years the skeletal remains are removed and placed in a small crypt to save space.

In Huisnes-sur-Mer, there are 68 crypts where rest 11 956 German soldiers.

In Huisnes-sur-Mer, there are 68 crypts where rest 11 956 German soldiers.

A small memorial at the gate of the cemetery.

A small memorial at the gate of the cemetery.

A smaller American military cemetery, located near Avranches, is called Saint-James.

A smaller American military cemetery, located near Avranches, is called Saint-James.

4,410 American servicemen are buried at Saint-James.

4,410 American servicemen are buried at Saint-James.

A British cemetery near Lisieux and Saint-Desir.

One of the cemeteries of Normandy: a British cemetery near Lisieux and Saint-Desir.

598 British, Canadian, Australian and other Empire's servicemen are buried here.

598 British, Canadian, Australian and other Empire’s servicemen are buried here.

The grave of an unknown British soldier.

The grave of an unknown British soldier.

The British cemetery is right next to a German cemetery.

The British cemetery is right next to a German cemetery.

3,735 German servicemen are buried at the Lisieux cemetery.

3,735 German servicemen are buried at the Lisieux cemetery.

The grave of three unknown German soldiers.

The grave of three unknown German soldiers.

All tombstones at this German cemetery are made of red sandstone.

All tombstones at this German cemetery are made of red sandstone.

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