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The D-Day Landing Sites of Normandy's Beaches: Then and Now

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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.

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June 5, 1944: The 2nd Battalion US Army Rangers march to their landing craft in Weymouth, England.

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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.

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US reinforcements land on Omaha beach during the Normandy D-Day landings.

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Holidaymakers enjoying the sunshine at D-Day landing zone of Omaha beach near Vierville sur Mer, France.

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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.

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A tourist carries a bucket and spade to her child on the very same beach.

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US Army soldiers of the 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, move out over the seawall on Utah Beach.

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Children walk over the remains of a concrete wall on the former Utah Beach D-Day landing zone near La Madeleine, France.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tourists enjoy the sunshine on the former Juno Beach D-Day landing zone, where Canadian forces came ashore, in Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, France.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tourists walk past a former German bunker overlooking the D-Day landing zone on Omaha Beach near Saint Laurent sur Mer, France.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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July 1944: Canadian troops patrol along the destroyed Rue Saint-Pierre after German forces were dislodged from Caen.

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Shoppers walk along the rebuilt Rue Saint-Pierre in Caen, which was destroyed following the D-Day landings.

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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.

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Tourists walk across the main square of Place Du Marche in Trevieres, near the former D-Day landing zone of Omaha Beach.

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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.

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Girls run across the street at the junction of Rue Holgate and RN13 in the Normandy town of Carentan, France.

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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.

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A tourist sunbathes on a former Juno Beach landing area where Canadian troops came ashore on D-Day at Bernieres Sur Mer, France.

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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.

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A farm field remains where German prisoners of war were interned following the D-Day landings in Nonant-le-Pin, Normandy.

via ibtimes.co.uk