The American Cemetery at Omaha Beach

We had visited Marigny, and Utah Beach, and now travelled further down the coast to see Omaha Beach. We parked and walked towards a beautiful sea view, an elegant building and reflecting pool, and then came the shock of thousands of white crosses in sight of the sea. The American Cemetery, Omaha Beach, must surely be deeply disturbing to all who visit.

The American Cemetery, Omaha Beach

The American Cemetery, Omaha Beach

The American Cemetery, Omaha Beach

The American Cemetery, Omaha Beach

There are 9,387 dead buried in this cemetery, most of them killed in the D-Day landings.

The Memorial & Reflecting Pool
The Memorial & Reflecting Pool
The Wall of the Missing records 1,557 names
The Wall of the Missing with 1,557 names
The Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves
The Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves
American soldiers near Omaha Beach (http://www.worldwarphotos.info/gallery/france/normandy-1944/us-3rd-battalion-16th-infantry-regiment-1st-division-on-omaha-beach-near-colleville-sur-mer-d-day/)
American soldiers near Omaha Beach (http://www.worldwarphotos.info/gallery/france/normandy-1944/us-3rd-battalion-16th-infantry-regiment-1st-division-on-omaha-beach-near-colleville-sur-mer-d-day/)
Soldiers with wounded on Omaha Beach (http://www.worldwarphotos.info/gallery/france/normandy-1944/us-16th-inf-reg-1st-division-with-wounded-on-omaha-beach-normandy-1944/)
Soldiers with wounded on Omaha Beach (http://www.worldwarphotos.info/gallery/france/normandy-1944/us-16th-inf-reg-1st-division-with-wounded-on-omaha-beach-normandy-1944/)

The Americans suffered 2,400 dead at the end of 6 June 1944, and landed 34,000 troops.

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2 comments

    • The atmosphere is very subdued, it didn’t feel quite the same as peaceful. And I found it deeply unnerving. People were walking around quietly, some clearly looking for relatives – white crosses in an immaculate garden overlooking the sea from where they had landed, a few minutes away.

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