On the 6th of June, 1944, Allied soldiers descended onto the beaches of Normandy for D-Day in an operation that proved to be a turning point of the Second World War, and sparking the end of a conflict.
70 years on from the day that Normandy's beaches were stormed, the landscapes and buildings have changed dramatically. Sunbathing tourists soaking up the sun is a stark difference to the scenes captured on D-Day.
Reuters photographer Chris Helgren compiled an archive of photos taken on the day, and went back to the same locations to capture how they look today.
June 5, 1944: The 2nd Battalion US Army Rangers march to their landing craft in Weymouth, England.
Tourists walking along the beach-front in the Dorset holiday town of Weymouth. The port was the departure point for thousands of Allied troops who took part in the D-Day landings.
US reinforcements land on Omaha beach during the Normandy D-Day landings.
Holidaymakers enjoying the sunshine at D-Day landing zone of Omaha beach near Vierville sur Mer, France.
Members of an American landing party help troops whose landing craft was sunk after coming under heavy enemy fire off Omaha beach, near Colleville sur Mer, France.
A tourist carries a bucket and spade to her child on the very same beach.
US Army soldiers of the 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, move out over the seawall on Utah Beach.
Children walk over the remains of a concrete wall on the former Utah Beach D-Day landing zone near La Madeleine, France.
A Cromwell tank leads a British Army column from the 4th County of London Yeomanry, 7th Armoured Division, after landing on Gold Beach on D-Day in Ver-sur-Mer, France.
A couple walk inland from the former D-Day landing zone of Gold Beach where British forces came ashore in 1944, in Ver-sur-Mer, France.
June 194: A crashed US fighter plane is seen on the waterfront some time after Canadian forces came ashore on a Juno Beach D-Day landing zone in Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, France.
Tourists enjoy the sunshine on the former Juno Beach D-Day landing zone, where Canadian forces came ashore, in Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, France.
June 6, 1944: US Army troops make a battle plan in a farmyard amid cattle, killed by artillery bursts, near the D-Day landing zone of Utah Beach in Les Dunes de Varreville, France.
Farmer Raymond Bertot, who was 19 when allied troops came ashore in 1944, poses on his property near the former D-Day landing zone of Utah Beach in Les Dunes de Varreville, France.
June 7, 1944: US Army troops congregate around a signal post used by engineers on the site of a captured German bunker overlooking Omaha Beach after the D-Day landings near Saint Laurent sur Mer.
Tourists walk past a former German bunker overlooking the D-Day landing zone on Omaha Beach near Saint Laurent sur Mer, France.
June 18, 1944: US Army reinforcements march up a hill past a German bunker overlooking Omaha Beach after the D-Day landings near Colleville sur Mer, France.
Youths hike up a hill past an old German bunker overlooking the former D-Day landing zone of Omaha Beach near Colleville sur Mer, France.
June 8, 1944: A US flag lies as a marker on a destroyed bunker two days after the strategic site overlooking D-Day beaches was captured by US Army Rangers at Pointe du Hoc, France.
An Italian tourist views a bunker at a strategic site overlooking the D-Day beaches which had been captured by US Army Rangers at Pointe du Hoc, France.
July 1944: Canadian troops patrol along the destroyed Rue Saint-Pierre after German forces were dislodged from Caen.
Shoppers walk along the rebuilt Rue Saint-Pierre in Caen, which was destroyed following the D-Day landings.
June 15, 1944: The body of a dead German soldier lies in the main square of Place Du Marche in Trevieres after the town was taken by US troops who landed at nearby Omaha Beach.
Tourists walk across the main square of Place Du Marche in Trevieres, near the former D-Day landing zone of Omaha Beach.
June 6, 1944: US Army paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division drive a captured German Kubelwagen at the junction of Rue Holgate and RN13 in Carentan, France.
Girls run across the street at the junction of Rue Holgate and RN13 in the Normandy town of Carentan, France.
June 6, 1944: German prisoners-of-war march along Juno Beach landing area to a ship taking them to England, after they were captured by Canadian troops at Bernieres Sur Mer, France.
A tourist sunbathes on a former Juno Beach landing area where Canadian troops came ashore on D-Day at Bernieres Sur Mer, France.
August 21, 1944: German prisoners of war captured after the D-Day landings in Normandy are guarded by US troops at a camp in Nonant-le-Pin, France.
A farm field remains where German prisoners of war were interned following the D-Day landings in Nonant-le-Pin, Normandy.