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.
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. (Reuters)
War is bad and it hurts a lot of people.
People, animals and plants were killed and injured, buildings were destroyed and damaged to rubble and dust.
And it will take a long, long time and lots of money to build up the place again.
The ruins left behind after warfare speak a language of their own.
And no matter where the conflict has taken place, the destruction is very often the same.
All we see are sad pictures of destroyed buildings and twisted, rusting, abandoned vehicles.
Please look at these pictures, do we want all these to happen to the beautiful places where we live?
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Below is a slideshow of photographs that overlay images from France during World War II with present-day pictures of the same locations.