June 1944: Boats full of U.S. troops wait to leave Weymouth to take part in Operation Overlord.

April 5, 2014: A view of the harbor of the English town today. This location was used as a launching place for Allied troops participating in the invasion of Nazi-occupied France on D-Day.

May 1944: Ammunition stored in the town square of Moreton-in-Marsh shortly before D-Day.

May 12, 2014: A view of the high street in the English town today.

June 6, 1944: Royal Marine Commandos of Headquarters, 4th Special Service Brigade, make their way from LCI(S) (Landing Craft Infantry Small) onto 'Nan Red' Beach at Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer.

May 6, 2014: A view of the sea in the Juno beach area today.

June 6, 1944: Troops of the Third Canadian Infantry Division land at Juno Beach on the outskirts of Bernières-sur-Mer on D-Day.

May 5, 2014: A view of the seafront and beach in Normandy today. 340 Canadian soldiers lost their lives in the battle for the beachhead.

1944: A French armored column passing through Sainte-Mère-Église receives a warm welcome from its inhabitants.

May 7, 2014: A view of the high street today.

June 12, 1944: A group of American soldiers stand in the village of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, which was liberated by paratroopers of the 501st and 506th Regiments of the 101st Airborne Division.

May 7, 2014: A view of the old village fountain today.

June 6, 1944: A Canadian soldier directs traffic in Bernières-sur-Mer. 14,000 Canadian soldiers had landed at nearby Juno Beach.

May 5, 2014: A view of Notre-Dame Nativity church today.

July 1944: United States Army trucks and jeeps drive through the ruins of Saint-Lo.

May 7, 2014: A view of the roadway in the town today. Saint-Lo was almost totally destroyed by 2,000 Allied bombers when they attacked German troops stationed there during Operation Overlord.

June 1944: German prisoners are guarded by British soldiers from the Second Army on Juno Beach.

May 8, 2014: A view of the beach in Bernières-sur-Mer in Normandy today.

D-Day Then And Now: Historic WWII Locations, 70 Years Later

To honor D-Day's 70th anniversary on June 6, this visualization splices photos of France and England in 1944 with images taken today.

Over at the Guardian, award-winning Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid lets us peel back layers of history with a haunting then-and-now photo series of D-Day. Its 70th anniversary is upon us: On June 6, 1944, in what would become the largest seaborne military invasion in history, 160,000 Allied troops stormed a 50-mile stretch of coastline in Normandy, France, to fight Nazi Germany.

Macdiarmid collected archival photographs of the D-Day landings and seamlessly spliced them with photos of their locations today—unrecognizably peaceful. An interactive feature lets you slide your mouse over the images and fade from present to past. You can see how humdrum suburban high streets once stored piles of ammunition, how a tranquil English harbor in Weymouth was overrun with soldiers preparing for Operation Overlord, and how German prisoners were held hostage on a beach now deserted but for seashells. It's a moving visualization of the passage of time and the stories that our physical environments slowly absorb.

[via the Guardian]

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