North Africa American Cemetery Photo Essay
I’ve visited U.S. military cemeteries outside the USA including in France, Luxembourg, and Panama. These are well-manicured memorials maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) are a testament to the sacrifice of far braver men than me, particularly in World War II.
The North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage spans 27 acres and includes 2,841 graves. Mosaic maps contains details of Atlantic and Pacific campaigns, including the extensive Tunisian campaign, a series of battles between Axis and Allied forces spanning autumn 1942 to spring 1943. While Axis forces initially fared well, the Allies eventually cut off supply lines, forcing a monumental surrender that left Allied powers with 250,000 German and Italian prisoners of war.
I visited at around 4:00PM in the afternoon and had the entire cemetery to myself. It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop, with the occasional gentle rustling of a breeze and the sound of water running from a fountain ensconcing a tomb for the unknown solider.
The cemetery is open daily from 9:00AM to 5:00PM, except on December 25th and January 1st.