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1 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

BERNIERES SUR MER Typical Norman house located along the beach at Juno Beach. (Photo : Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie / Archives Nationales du CANADA)

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BERNIERES SUR MER Canadian troops going ashore on Juno Beach on D-Day, 6 June 1944. (Photo : Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie / Archives Nationales du CANADA )

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CAEN Sherman tanks of the Sherbrooke Fusiliers advancing into Caen. 10 July 1944. (Photo : Harold G. Aikman / Library and Archives Canada / PA-162667)

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CAEN Place Foch. World War I memorial and rubble of the German kommandantur. (Photo : Archives Départementales du Calvados)

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FRESNEY LE PUCEUX Privates Albert Thibault and Fernand Lachance, both of 2nd Canadian Infantry Division Headquarters, en route to Falaise – 12 August 1944. (Photograph : Lieut. Michael M. Dean / Library and Archives Canada / PA-169323)

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BERNIERES SUR MER Infantrymen of Le Régiment de la Chaudière moving through the village, 6 June 1944. (Photo : Lieut. Frank L. Dubervill / Library and Archives Canada / PA-131436)

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LONGUES SUR MER One of the blockhouses with one of the four 150mm guns of the M.K.B. Longues. (Photo : Archives Départementales du Calvados)

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SAINTE MERE EGLISE Street scene in the village after its liberation by U.S. Troops. Looking East – June 1944. (Photo : U.S. Archives)

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MARIGNY Inside the church after the fighting. (Photo : Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie / U.S Archives)

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LA MADELEINE A group of GI’s leaving the chapel after a mass. (Photo : Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie / U.S Archives)

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RAVENOVILLE Paratroopers of Hq & Hq Co / 508th PIR under the command of Captain Johnson and Abraham stop for a moment in the village before going south to find their unit. (Photo : Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie / U.S Archives)

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CARENTAN The entrance in Carentan by the street Holgate, coming from Periers road. (Photo : Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie / U.S Archives)

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CARENTAN A M-7 Priest of the 14th Armored Field Battalion / 2nd Armored Division at the crossroad of the street Holgate and the railroad Paris-Cherbourg. (Photo : Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie / U.S Archives)

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CARENTAN American paratroopers in a german Kübelwagen at the crossroads of the street Holgate and RN 13 (actually street of the 101st airborne). (Photo : Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie / U.S Archives)

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CARENTAN GI’s at the crossroads of the street Holgate and RN 13 (actually street of the 101st airborne). (Photo : Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie / U.S Archives)

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CARENTAN A jeep with medics of the 101st Airborne in the street Holgate towards the crossroads with the RN 13. (Photo : Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie / U.S Archives)

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CARENTAN ‘Place de la République’. Elements of the 101st Airborne are sitting and posing with children near the monument to the death of the world war one. (Photo : Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie / U.S Archives)

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CAEN 11 July 1944 – A Sherman tank of the Sherbrooke Fusiliers Regiment advancing into Caen. (Photo : Lieut. Michael M. Dean / Library and Archives Canada / PA-162583)

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CAEN Bridge over the canal from caen to ouistreham. we are in the center of the town near the ‘Bassin St Pierre’. (Photo : Stollberg – Bundesarchiv)

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BERNIERES SUR MER A member of the Canadian Provost Corps (C.P.C.) guarding the first German prisoners to be captured by Canadian soldiers in the Normandy beachhead, France, 6 June 1944. (Photo : Lieut. Frank L. Dubervill / Library and Archives Canada / PA-136280)

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BERNIERES SUR MER German personnel captured on D-Day embarking for England. (Photo : Ken Bell / Library and Archives Canada / PA-132474)

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CAEN 10 July 1944 – Residents looking after a Canadian bulldozer clearing rubble in the streets. (Photo : Archives Canada)

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CAUQUIGNY On the west side of the La Fiere causeway, after the battle. (Photo : U.S Archives)

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COLLEVILLE SUR MER Steeple of the church of Colleville sur Mer destoyed by Destroyers of the U.S. Navy on 6 June 1944. It was used by German snipers and for observation post. (Photo : US Signal Corps)

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HERMANVILLE SUR MER A bren carrier of the 33th Field Artillery Regiment crossing the place Courbet (actual). (Photo : I.W.M)

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ISIGNY SUR MER 19 June 1944 – An American tank battalion passes through Isigny, France, with ruins of building damaged by shell fire and bombing in the background. (Photo : US Archives)

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SAINT MARCOUF Pfc James R. Kumler and Tec 5 Donald J. MacLeod, Hq & Hq Co / 508th PIR, making their way in the French village of Saint-Marcouf, 7 miles Northeast from their initial DZ. (Photo : Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie / U.S Archives)

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BASLY 27 June 1944 РMembers of the 23d Field Ambulance, R.C.A.M.C. laying flowers on graves. From left to right : Private W. Young, H. Roach, M.G. Newberry. The left grave, Private A.J. Barnes is still in the cemetery. (Photo : Conseil R̩gional de Basse-Normandie / Archives Nationales du CANADA )

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SAINT LAURENT SUR MER Exit E1 – Wn65 – Vallee du Ruquet German pillbox on Omaha Beach serving as a U.S. Army command post, during the early days of the invasion. (Photo : U.S Archives)

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VIERVILLE SUR MER German pillbox for 88mm gun located on strong point WN72. This strong point was build to protect Exit D1 and the access to the village of Vierville. (Photo : U.S Archives)

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SAINT AUBIN SUR MER Juno Beach, Nan Red sector. A P-47 crash landed on the beach near the strong point WN27. (Photo : I.W.M)

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TURQUEVILLE Many 101st troopers were dropped far from their initial DZ’s. Like Wilbur W. Shanklin facing, here, a German prisoner. They are on the road between Ste-Mere-Eglise and Audouville-la-Hubert. (Picture from ‘At the Point of No Return’ Book. Michel De Trez / D-Day Publishing)

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CAEN
View of the town from the willem the conqueror castle.
(Photo Grimm A. / Bundesarchiv)

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  • ana says:

    Amazing pictures, thanks!

  • bill says:

    been there twice, now because of this i am going again, thank you

  • Viktor says:

    Wow! It`s great to see the sequel of “trhow bombs and sorch the earth” in beautyful pictures like these. Well done, Patrick Elie!
    This is what we all should be thinking about a little more. Not just years of desaster, but decades of making friends and building up a better place (it`s so romantic…)
    V from Germanee

  • Rick Young says:

    My dad was in the 101st PIR company G. Dads platoon was destroyed at Marvie. My dad was taken prisoner there along with Lt. Morrison. I know he went through Carentan. Dad had to take over the platoon at Carentan becaause they were hit hard by the Germans. Dad was second in command and took over when his Sergant was hit. I can only imagine what they went through. I would like someday to follow in his footsteps on a tour through France and Belgium.

  • Phil E. Drifter says:

    Too bad they restored the church, should have just demolished it. Churches are only useful for stripping people of their hard earned cash.

  • aggh!Tea! says:

    Well, that was a nice site until the troll turned up. Sod it, I’m taking the bait… Churches are a symbol of both faith and certainty, if your town has been absolutely demolished having a point of reference (even if you don’t enter it, ever) which links the past to the present is reassuring you that something of your old life remains.

  • algdfa says:

    Amazing pictures, thanks!

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