The German War Cemetery at El Alamein, seen in this image, lies about seven kilometres west of the town of El Alamein, or three kilometres east of the Italian Military Shrine. It is accessible via a short 700 metre drive along a dirt road leading off the main Alexandria-Marsa Matrouh Road to the north (towards the Mediterranean Sea).
The castle-like design of the cemetery is similar to that of Castel del Monte, a thirteenth century castle built under the orders of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II in the Apulia region of Italy. The cemetery layout is in the shape of an octagon, with each corner secured by a tower. Amid the dry, arid western desert, the desert-tones of the cemetery stone give the impression of a cemetery rising up from the earth.
Commemoration services are held in this cemetery every three years. In the intervening years services are held at the nearby Italian or British cemeteries.
Image: Entrance to the German War Cemetery
Creator: Nathan Wise