Photo report: North African American Cemetery – Carthage, Tunisia
After coffee in Sidi Bou Said, I entered the nearby city of Carthage to visit the North American Cemetery and Memorial.
North Africa North American Cemetery Photo Essay
I have visited American military cemeteries outside the United States, including France, Luxembourg, and Panama. These are well-maintained memorials maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) that bear witness to the sacrifice of men far braver than me, especially during WWII.
The Carthage North African American Cemetery and Memorial covers 27 acres and includes 2,841 graves. The mosaic maps contain details of the Atlantic and Pacific campaigns, including the extensive Tunisian Campaign, a series of battles between Axis and Allied forces spanning from the fall of 1942 through the spring 1943. While the Axis forces initially performed well, the Allies eventually cut supply lines, forcing a monumental surrender that left the Allied powers with 250,000 German and Italian POWs.
I visited around 4:00 in the afternoon and had the whole cemetery to myself. It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop, with the occasional slight rustle of a breeze and the sound of water trickling from a fountain housing a tomb for the Unknown Soldier.
The cemetery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except December 25 and January 1.