Normandy Beaches in 1944 & 70 Years Later

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. Reuters photographer Chris Helgren compiled archive pictures taken during the invasion and went back to the same places to photograph them as they appear today.

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August 15th 1997.

The day Murdoc met (crashed his car into) Stuart Pot, turning him into 2D, singer of Gorillaz.

Murdoc: “No, mate. I saw it! It looked great! A blue-haired, black-eyed God! The girls would go wild. I knew I had it. You were still a bit mental, but I had my frontman! Despite the mess, and the fact that half you face was hanging off, I could see that the girls would go crazy for his pretty-boy looks, so I made him the Gorillaz singer!” - D-Day interview


The Normandy Landings (codenamed Operation Neptune) were the landing operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 (termed D-Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the liberation of German-occupied northwestern Europe from Nazi control, and contributed to the Allied victory on the Western Front.

The amphibious landings were preceded by extensive aerial and naval bombardment and an airborne assault—the landing of 24,000 American, British, and Canadian airborne troops shortly after midnight. Allied infantry and armoured divisions began landing on the coast of France at 06:30.

When the seaborne units began to land about 06:30 on June 6, the British and Canadians on Gold, Juno, and Sword beaches overcame light opposition. So did the Americans at Utah. The U.S. 1st Division at Omaha Beach, however, confronted the best of the German coast divisions, the 352nd, and was roughly handled by machine gunners as the troops waded ashore. During the morning, the landing at Omaha threatened to fail. Only dedicated local leadership eventually got the troops inland—though at a cost of more than 2,000 casualties.



  • Veterans share a joke as they pose for a photograph in the garden of a house near Caen where they experienced heavy fighting following D-Day in 1944. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
  • Owen Butcher, aged 93, and Major Ted Hunt pose in a taxi before setting off to the beaches of Normandy with the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
  • Paratrooper Gordon Newton, who was in the 9th battalion, and Geoff Paterson, 9th Para, share a joke as they commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
  • Veterans arrive at the Pegasus Bridge Museum for a service to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
  • Joan De-Vall, 92, who was an anti-aircraft height finder and predictor during the war, holds a wreath onboard the Brittany cross-channel ferry Normandie. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
  • Military veterans and passengers gather for a wreath-laying ceremony at sea. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)