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70 Years On, Images Of D-Day Blended With The Present

Photographer Peter Macdiarmid has blended images of the D-Day invasion of German-occupied Europe with photos of the locations as they look today.

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6 June 1944 marked the beginning of Operation Overlord; the invasion of German-occupied Europe during World War II.


The initial invasion of Normandy was the largest ever amphibious assault in military history, known as D-Day.


The assault came just after midnight under the command of General Bernard Montgomery.

Thousands of paratroops and glider-borne troops landed behind enemy lines on the beaches and mainland of Normandy.


Around 7,000 ships and 11,000 aircraft were involved in the attack.

In total 75,215 British and Canadian troops and 57,500 U.S. troops were landed by sea on D-Day. Another 23,400 were landed by air.

King George VI broadcast a message on D-Day, calling for unified prayer during the battle: "I desire solemnly to call my people to prayer and dedication … At this historic moment surely not one of us is too busy, too young or too old to play a part in a nation-wide, perchance a world-wide, vigil of prayer as the great crusade sets forth."


President Franklin D Roosevelt said in a news conference that the invasion did not mean the end of the war: "You don't just walk to Berlin, and the sooner this country realises that the better."

D-Day marked the beginning of the end for the Germans, forcing the Axis powers to fight the Allies on two fronts.