Photographs: D-Day Sites in 1944 and Now

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The view of Juno beach on June 6, 1944 and in 2004. The British 2nd Army: Royal Marine Commandos of Headquarters, 4th Special Service Brigade made landfall on French soil. Lt. Handford/IWM/Getty | Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

June 6, 1944, D-Day, began the largest seaborne invasion in history.  It became the turning point for the Allied victory in the European theater in World War II.  For the 70th anniversary of the operation, Getty Images staff photographer, Peter Macdiarmid, revisted Normandy, France to show how the area has changed since 1944.

 

6.6_D_Day_02 In 1944 German prisoners were gathered at the beach of Bernières-sur-Mer, France. Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty | Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

 

6.6_D_Day_03 An American armada gathered off of Omaha Beach, Normandy, in 1944. The same beach today. Popperfoto/Getty | Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

6.6_D_Day_04 American troops on Omaha Beach and the same beach today. MPI/Getty | Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

6.6_D_Day_05 A dead Germany soldier in Trevieres, France, on June 15, 1944 and the same village today. Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty | Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

6.6_D_Day_06 A Canadian soldier directs traffic after the Normandy invasion in Bernieres-sur-Mer. The same street today. Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty | Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

6.6_D_Day_07 Three soldiers of the 23rd Field Ambulance of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division place flowers on graves in June 1944. The graveyard today. Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty | Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

6.6_D_Day_08 An older couple watch a Canadian soldier with a bulldozer working in the ruins of a house in the rue de Bayeux on July 10, 1944. Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty | Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

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