"D-Day, the price of defeat (better choose wisely)" La Cambe by Pavlik_NL

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Black crosses and dark simple stones in the soil

La Cambe holds a huge cemetry, even the largest in Normandy. Eventually it is rather logical. The Nazi's lost and therefore had far more casulaties then the Allied Forces. On the field of La Cambe, crosses (Malteser shape) are in groups of five spreaded out around a small hill in the middle. In between them are flat gravestones with names. Names of 21.200 people that choose the wrong side even though some of them - no doubt - were intensely thinking they fought for a just cause. The hill marks another grave, the grave of 296 unidentified soldiers that lost their lifes in the battle for Normandy.

La Cambe cemetry, shadow side of a wrong choice

Though many Germans at first were very enthousiastic about the Nazi regime of Hitler (above all, he took care of work for the many unemployed as well as economic growth in a country that was diminished to a farmer's nation after the lost Great War 1914-1918). Some already saw the regime getting out of control in the late 30-ies, but ... it was too late. Fanatism and nationalism took the overhand and THIS ALWAYS LEADS TO DISASTER. Maybe, when those who are on this cemetry, had listened more carefully to the sounds of pre-war ... and maybe when they would have choosen more carefully and wisely ... they would lay here and ... all the other cemetries of WW1 and WW2 would also not be there.

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