Photos Of D-Day Locations In Normandy Then And Now

It’s hard to imagine the D-Day Invasion in full swing, with soldiers storming the beaches and explosions peppering the coast, when you look at pictures of the beaches in Normandy, France today, but seventy years ago this was the place where the Allies would turn the tides of war and end the German occupation of France.

Photographer Chris Helgren has compiled a series of photos that show key locations in the D-Day Invasion from then (June 6, 1944) and now, and needless to say there's a lot less barbed wire and a lot more bikinis!

-Via Blame It On The Voices

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I look at the present-day photos, showing free people enjoying the fruits of their liberty and decades of prosperity on those once-bloody beaches and towns, and wonder at the great gift bestowed on us by the brave fighters on that day. We live in a time of almost unprecedented peace and security in the Western world, in which the nations of Europe, long rivals and enemies, do not raise arms against each other or scheme and plot each others' downfall.
I may view the photos with a blind eye to today's troubles and injustice, but today's Europe is indeed a beachhead for international unity and peace that slowly advances against the forces of violent invasion (I'm looking at you, Putin!). I am glad that the struggle could be won.
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