Omaha Beach War Cemetery

Omaha Beach War Cemetery

My second stop today was quite overwhelming; no photograph I could take would ever do it justice. The American War Cemetery at Omaha Beach, where more than 9,000 servicemen are laid to rest, all killed during the campaign to save Europe from annihilation at the hands of the nazis.

Photograph of one of the American War Cemeteries in Normandy

When I came here, I had no sense whatsoever of the enormity of the sacrifice made by young men whose names we’ll never know. Until I witnessed the seemingly never-ending sea of white crosses, going on and on into the distance.

What you see here is only one tiny corner of it. There are 9,388 soldiers buried at Omaha. This is only one of 27 such cemeteries in Normandy alone. The debt we owe to these people is utterly catastrophic.

These pictures were taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and the extraordinary Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM .

Alex Nichol

About the photographer

Alex Nichol is an amateur photographer based in the UK dabbling with landscape, travel and documentary in medium format, 35mm film and digital.