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Then And Now: Remembering D-Day And What The Normandy Coastline Looks Like 70 Years Later

By Michelle Bird on June 5th 2014

On June 6, 1944, allied troops consisting of 160,000 soldiers landed on the 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coastline, to what was named D-Day. Although General Dwight D. Eisenhower called it a crusade, and a crusade it certainly was– with more than 9,000 allied soldiers killed or wounded;  “we will accept nothing less than full victory,” said Eisenhower.

D-Day marked the beginning of the end for the defeat against the Nazis in WWII, as 100,000 soldiers marched across Europe to defeat Hitler.

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Today, as we prepare to commemorate the 70th anniversary of such an important date, we see what is left of the historic 50-mile site. Reuters photographer Chris Helgren, re-visted the sites and compiled contrasting pictures of Normandy’s once soldier-filled coastline.

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The 2nd Battalion US Army Rangers marching to their landing craft.

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US reinforcements land on Omaha beach, near Vierville sur Mer, France.

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US Army soldiers of the 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, making their way through the seawall on Utah Beach.

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US soldiers help other troops who’s landing craft was sunk by enemy fire, off Omaha beach.

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A crashed US fighter plane that washed-up ashore on Juno Beach.

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The British Army led by a Cromwell Tank, 4th County of London Yeomanry, 7th Armoured Division.

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US Army troops make a battle plan in a farmyard near Omaha beach.

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US soldiers gather in a captured German bunker.

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US allied troops make their way up bunker hill.

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A US flag lies marking a destroyed bunker.

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Canadian troops patrol through Rue Saint-Pierre.

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The body of a German soldier lies lifeless amidst the Place Du Marche in Trevieres, after it was taken over by US troops.

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US Army paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division, drive German Kubelwagen.

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German prisoners-of-war walk along Juno Beach.

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German prisoners-of-war captured after D-Day.

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Images courtesy of U.S .National Archives and National Archives of Canada/Chris Helgren – Reuters

[via] IB Times UK

Michelle Bird is a Southern California based freelance photographer and writer, with a strong focus on music, editorial and portrait photography. She is the founder and creative force behind the music+culture online blog Black Vinyl Magazine, and can often be found in the photo-pit shooting the latest concerts in town. She has a strong passion for art, exploring, vintage finds and most of all animals. Connect with her through Email,
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  1. Ben Perrin

    Just saw this article. Fantastic. Thank-you!

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  2. Jeff Lopez

    Such a great reminder. A great example of the sacrifices that were made so that we could have the freedom we have today.

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  3. Jacob Jexmark

    Great article. As a history buff (with WWII being of particular interest) I loved these photos. Thank you.

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  4. Gabe Willett

    Remarkable. These should be posted at the sites.

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  5. Blake

    Thanks for this. This is important for the sake of history but also really demonstrates the power of photography.

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    • Michelle Bird

      Right on Blake, glad you enjoyed it! That’s one of the reasons why I usually choose to write about history. It’s so important to know where we came from, to know our roots, to remind us where it all began; the past serves as such great inspiration.

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    • Jurrian

      I agree, these photo’s are really striking!

      It brings these old events much closer to the here and now. Too bad the photo’s weren’t made exactly from the same perspective/location, but I do like the timing and subjects of the modern variants.

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