Benghazi, Libya.

Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery. Benghazi. Libya.

Commonwealth war graves cemetery

The Commonwealth war graves cemetery located at the city of Benghazi, Eastern Libya, is the last resting place of over 1000 commonwealth servicemen who gave their lives in the North African desert wars of British Lieutenant-General Bernard Montgomery and German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel during World War 2. 

“In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons,”

Herodotus – Greek Historian 484 BC – 409 BC.

Buried and commemorated at the cemetery are Australian, British, Greek, Indian, Jewish, Libyan, Norwegian, South African and Sudanese servicemen. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) built and continues to maintain the cemetery.

Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery. Benghazi. Libya.
Benghazi. Cyrenaica. Libya. View of the Commonwealth war graves cemetery at Benghazi.

Note: I visited Libya just before the Libyan civil war in 2011, a war which has left Libya in a complete state of lawlessness and terror. Many thousands of lives have died, and according to Amnesty International, it is estimated that almost a million people across Libya need humanitarian aid. 

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All images, text and content are copyright Steven Sklifas.

Author: Steven Sklifas

Freelance Writer and Photographer

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