Crash Course


June 6, 2014 marked the 70th anniversary of Operation Overlord, the largest amphibious military assault in history. This is a stunning comparison of the scenes in 1944 and what those areas look like today.

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:


Troops of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division land at Juno Beach on the outskirts of Bernieres-sur-Mer on D-Day. 340 Canadian soldiers lost their lives in the battle for the beachhead:


German prisoners are guarded by British soldiers from the 2nd Army on Juno Beach:


U.S. Army vehicles driving through the runs of Saint-Lo, which was almost completely destroyed by 2,000 Allied bombers:


A Canadian soldier directs traffic in front of Notre-Dame Nativity Church in Bernieres-sur-Mer, close to where 14,000 Canadians landed at Juno Beach:


American craft of at Omaha Beach, Normandy, during the first…

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3 responses

  1. Birgit says:

    Oh what great photos and to see how it looks now. What is remarkable is how well they preserved so many buildings and houses.


  2. Stunning photos and really interesting. I will show my boys tomorrow.