LEST WE FORGET!
An early REMEMBRANCE DAY POST - This past June 6th 2014 was the 70th anniversary of the Normandy D-Day invasion of Europe, WWII.
It was the largest amphibious invasion in history which changed the course of the second world war.
Allied troops numbering nearlly 200,000 boarded 7,000 ships and more than 3.000 aircraft and headed towards Normandy. About 156,000 troops landed on the French beaches, 24,000 by air and the rest by sea.
They met stiff resistance from heavily defended German positions across more than 50 miles of French coastline.
The credits to these photos(starting the second one down) belong to Getty photographer Peter Macdiarmid and Reuters photographer Chris Helgren.
They gathered archive pictures from the 1944 invasion, tracked down the actual locations and photographed them as they appear today.
It is incredible to see the transition from "then" til "now", and to see the difference 70 years can make. Click on each pair or group of photos once or twice - scroll around to see the similarities and the differences.
|June 1944 - American Craft of all styles pictured at Omaha Beach, Normandy during the first stages of the Allied Invasion - A view of the beach near Coleville-sur-mer, France.|
|US troops stand by with stores on Omaha Beach after the D-Day landings - the new photo taken May 2014 as the same spot near Vierville-sur-mer, France.|
|June 1944 - German prisoners guarded by British Soldiers from the Second Army on Juno Beach - The May 2014 photo shows a view of the beach in Bernieres-sur-mer in Normandy today....note building in the centre background.|
|June 6, 1944 - A Canadian soldier directs traffic in Bernieres-sur-mer. 14,000 Canadian soldiers had landed at nearby Juno Beach. The May 2014 photo is a view of Notre-Dame Nativity Church as it looks today.|
|June 6/44 Royal Marine Commandos of Headquarters, 4th Special Service Brigade make their way from the Landing Craft Infantry (small) LCI(S) onto "Nan Red" beach at Saint-Aubin-sur-mer - The May 2014 photo is a view at Juno Beach today.|
Our own families......I was born right after D-Day begun.
|My Mother and Father, My Father and Mother-in-law - Thank you for coming home safely.....but remember the ones who did not !|