Monday, 5 December 2011

Two Sides in Normandy

A contrast in styles in Normandy. On the left is the German cemetery for the fallen in the Normandy campaign in the town of La Cambe, on the western end of the Normandy beach area. Over 20,000 Germans are commemorated here, marked by bronze markers (usually 2 bodies per plot) set into the ground, with the repeated motif of 5 black stone crosses scattered throughout. On the right is the equally impressive and moving American cemetery at Omaha Beach (in the far background), with 10,000 US fallen each with their white marble cross. We were fortunate to have nice weather for our visits, before the rain came down again on our way to Arromanches (site of the Allied harbour) and Juno Beach.