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WWII - The D-Day Landings, 70 Years On - 28 May 2014
On June 6, 1944, allied soldiers descended on the beaches of Normandy for D-Day - an operation that turned the tide of the Second World War against the Nazis, marking the beginning of the end of the conflict. Today, as many around the world prepare to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the landings, pictures of Normandy's now-touristy beaches stand in stark contrast to images taken around the time of the invasion. But while the landscape has changed, the memory of the momentous event lives on. Reuters photographer Chris Helgren compiled a series of archive pictures taken during the 1944 invasion and then went back to the same places, to photograph them as they appear today.
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May 28, 2014
Tourists walk along the beach-front in the Dorset holiday town of Weymouth, England, July 13, 2013. The...
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Tourists walk along the beach-front in the Dorset holiday town of Weymouth, England
Tourists walk along the beach-front in the Dorset holiday town of Weymouth, England, July 13, 2013. The port was the departure point for thousands of Allied troops who took part in the D-Day landings. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
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May 28, 2014
A gravel path lies on the former Royal Air Force base of Greenham Common, England, July 15, 2013. Today,...
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A gravel path lies on the former Royal Air Force base of Greenham Common
A gravel path lies on the former Royal Air Force base of Greenham Common, England, July 15, 2013. Today, as many around the world prepare to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the landings, pictures of Normandy's now-touristy beaches stand in stark contrast to images taken around the time of the invasion. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
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May 28, 2014
Tourists take part in a land sailing class on the former D-Day landing zone of Omaha beach near Vierville...
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Tourists take part in a land sailing class on the former D-Day landing zone of Omaha beach near Vierville...
Tourists take part in a land sailing class on the former D-Day landing zone of Omaha beach near Vierville sur Mer, France August 22, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
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May 28, 2014
A tourist carries a beach bucket to her child on the former D-Day landing zone of Omaha beach, near Colleville...
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A tourist carries a beach bucket on the former D-Day landing zone of Omaha beach near Colleville sur...
A tourist carries a beach bucket to her child on the former D-Day landing zone of Omaha beach, near Colleville sur Mer, France August 22, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
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May 28, 2014
French bathers walk over the remains of a concrete wall on the former Utah Beach D-Day landing zone near...
La Madeleine, France
French bathers walk over the remains of a concrete wall on the former Utah Beach D-Day landing zone near...
French bathers walk over the remains of a concrete wall on the former Utah Beach D-Day landing zone near La Madeleine, France August 21, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
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May 28, 2014
Youths enjoy the sunshine on the former D-Day landing zone of Omaha beach near Vierville sur Mer, France,...
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Youths enjoy the sunshine on the former D-Day landing zone of Omaha beach near Vierville sur Mer
Youths enjoy the sunshine on the former D-Day landing zone of Omaha beach near Vierville sur Mer, France, August 23, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
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May 28, 2014
A tourist sunbathes on a former Juno Beach landing area where Canadian troops came ashore on D-Day at...
Colleville Sur Mer, France
A tourist sunbathes on a former Juno Beach landing area where Canadian troops came ashore on D-Day at...
A tourist sunbathes on a former Juno Beach landing area where Canadian troops came ashore on D-Day at Bernieres Sur Mer, France, August 23, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
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May 28, 2014
An Italian tourist views a bunker at a strategic site overlooking the D-Day beaches which had been captured...
Pointe du Hoc, France
An Italian tourist views a bunker at a strategic site overlooking the D-Day beaches which had been captured...
An Italian tourist views a bunker at a strategic site overlooking the D-Day beaches which had been captured by U.S. Army Rangers at Pointe du Hoc, France, August 22, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
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May 28, 2014
A farm field remains where German prisoners of war were interned following the D-Day landings in Normandy...
Nonant-le-Pin, France
A farm field remains where German prisoners of war were interned following the D-Day landings in Normandy...
A farm field remains where German prisoners of war were interned following the D-Day landings in Normandy in Nonant-le-Pin, France, August 24, 3013. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
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May 28, 2014
Tourists walk past a former German bunker overlooking the D-Day landing zone on Omaha Beach near Saint...
Saint Laurent Sur Mer, France
Tourists walk past a former German bunker overlooking the D-Day landing zone on Omaha Beach near Saint...
Tourists walk past a former German bunker overlooking the D-Day landing zone on Omaha Beach near Saint Laurent sur Mer, France, August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
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Youths hike up a hill past an old German bunker overlooking the former D-Day landing zone of Omaha Beach...
Colleville Sur Mer, France
Youths hike up a hill past an old German bunker overlooking the former D-Day landing zone of Omaha Beach...
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, August 23, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Helgren (FRANCE - Tags: TRAVEL EDUCATION ANNIVERSARY)

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June 10, 2014
Vacationers drive towards the former D-Day landing zone of Gold Beach where British forces came ashore...
Ver-sur-Mer, France
Vacationers drive towards the former D-Day landing zone of Gold Beach where British forces came ashore...
Vacationers drive towards the former D-Day landing zone of Gold Beach where British forces came ashore in 1944, in Ver-sur-Mer, France August 23, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Helgren (FRANCE - Tags: TRAVEL ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY CONFLICT)
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May 28, 2014
Farmer Raymond Bertot, who was 19 when allied troops came ashore in 1944, poses on his property near...
Les Dunes de Varreville, France
Farmer Bertot poses on his property near the former D-Day landing zone of Utah Beach in Les Dunes de...
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, August 21, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
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June 10, 2014
Tourists walk across the main square Place Du Marche near the former D-Day landing zone of Omaha Beach,...
Trevieres, France
Tourists walk across the main square Place Du Marche near the former D-Day landing zone of Omaha Beach,...
Tourists walk across the main square Place Du Marche near the former D-Day landing zone of Omaha Beach, in Trevieres, France August 23, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Helgren (FRANCE - Tags: TRAVEL SOCIETY CONFLICT ANNIVERSARY)
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June 10, 2014
A man crosses the street at the junction of Rue Holgate and RN13 in the Normandy town of Carentan, France,...
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A man crosses the street at the junction of Rue Holgate and RN13 in the Normandy town of Carentan
A man crosses the street at the junction of Rue Holgate and RN13 in the Normandy town of Carentan, France, June 21, 2013. The US Army's 101st Airborne Division landed near and held the strategic crossroads in the opening hours of D-Day in 1944. REUTERS/Chris Helgren (FRANCE - Tags: ANNIVERSARY TRAVEL SOCIETY CONFLICT)
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June 10, 2014
Shoppers walk along the rebuilt Rue Saint-Pierre, which was destroyed following the D-Day landings, in...
Caen, France
Shoppers walk along the rebuilt Rue Saint-Pierre, which was destroyed following the D-Day landings, in...
Shoppers walk along the rebuilt Rue Saint-Pierre, which was destroyed following the D-Day landings, in Caen August 23, 2013. British and Canadian troops battled reinforced German troops holding the area around Caen for about two months following the D-Day landings in Normandy in 1944. REUTERS/Chris Helgren (FRANCE - Tags: CONFLICT ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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May 28, 2014
Tourists enjoy the sunshine on the former Juno Beach D-Day landing zone, where Canadian forces came ashore,...
Trevieres, France
Tourists enjoy the sunshine on the former Juno Beach D-Day landing zone in Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer
Tourists enjoy the sunshine on the former Juno Beach D-Day landing zone, where Canadian forces came ashore, in Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, France, August 23, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
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