Photos of The Historic D-Day Landing Scenes in 1944 As They Appear Today
More than seventy years ago, the largest amphibious invasion in history took place, changing the course of the war. Nearly 156, 000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of France and more than 3,000 aircraft head toward Normandy to liberate mainland Europe.
Getty photographer Peter Macdiarmid and Reuters photographer Chris Helgren recently traveled to France to rephotograph images captured back then. The two gathered pictures from the 1944 D-day invasion, tracked down the locations of the photos, and photographed them as they appear today.
First Pic: June 1944, Boats full of US troops waiting to leave Weymouth to take part in Operation Overlord.
Second Pic: 5 April 2014, A view of the harbour of the English town today. This is where the Allied launched their troops for the invasion of Nazi-occupied France on D-day.
Photos: Photographs by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty and Peter Macdiarmid/Getty
First Pic: May 1944, Ammunition stored in the town square of Moreton-in-Marsh shortly before D-day.
Second Pic: 12 May 2014, A view of the high street in the English town at present.
Photos: Frank Scherschel/Time & Life/Getty and Peter Macdiarmid/Getty
First Pic: June 1944, American craft of all styles gathered at Omaha Beach, Normandy, during the first stages of the Allied invasion.
Second Pic: 7 May 2014, A view of the beach near Colleville-sur-Mer, France.
Photos: Popperfoto/Getty and Peter Macdiarmid/Getty
First Pic: 6 June 1944, Royal Marine Commandos of Headquarters, 4th Special Service Brigade, make their way onto ‘Nan Red’ Beach at Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer.
Second Pic: 6 May 2014, A view of the sea in the Juno beach area at present.
Photos: Lt Handford/IWM/Getty and Peter Macdiarmid/Getty
First Pic: June 1944, Landing of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division troops at Juno Beach on the outskirts of Bernières-sur-Mer on D-day.
Second Pic: 5 May 2014, A view of the seafront and beach in Normandy today.
Photos: Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty and Peter Macdiarmid/Getty