Tuesday, October 11, 2005

On this day we had planned to visit the first part of the ground forces of operation Market Garden. We followed the footsteps of the XXX Corps from Lommel (Belgium) to Eindhoven.
At Lommel we found the largest German war cemetery of World War II. There were almost 40,000 graves. In this cemetery, two graves were sharing one grave cross. That makes a graveyard with about 20,000 crosses. This was a very huge cemetery. Realizing the meaningless of it, makes us really speechless. There laid so many victims just for the ideas of one man. Sadly, this graveyard is just one of many more.
We found the cemetery easily; it was a matter of luck. We were waiting by the traffic lights when we saw the sign for the cemetery. It was the Belgium way of placing the sign, only on the opposite of the crossing when you already choose the wrong lane (of course). We choose the lane to go straight ahead but now we needed the lane to go left. The traffic was really quiet so we could change lanes without problems.

Crypt of the cemetery Monument on the crypt 40.000 German graves The biggest German war cemetery...
...of World War II On every cross are two names Monument