June 6, 2014 marked the 70th anniversary of Operation Overlord, the largest amphibious military assault in history. This is a stunning comparison of the scenes in 1944 and what those areas look like today.
American soldiers stand in the village of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, which was liberated by paratroopers of the 501st and 506th Regiments of the 101st Airborne Division:
Troops of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division land at Juno Beach on the outskirts of Bernieres-sur-Mer on D-Day. 340 Canadian soldiers lost their lives in the battle for the beachhead:
German prisoners are guarded by British soldiers from the 2nd Army on Juno Beach:
U.S. Army vehicles driving through the runs of Saint-Lo, which was almost completely destroyed by 2,000 Allied bombers:
A Canadian soldier directs traffic in front of Notre-Dame Nativity Church in Bernieres-sur-Mer, close to where 14,000 Canadians landed at Juno Beach:
American craft of at Omaha Beach, Normandy, during the first stages of the Allied invasion, which is near Colleville-sur-Mer:
U.S. troops leaving Weymouth, U.K., to take part in Operation Overloard:
A French armored column passing through Sainte-Mere-Eglise receiving a warm welcome:
Ammunition stores in advance of the assault in Moreton-in-Marsh, U.K.:
British Royal Marine Commandos of 4th Special Service Brigade land on Juno Beach at Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer:
The paramount courage of the Allied forces who stormed the beaches of Normandy shall not be forgotten; even as the ocean waters lap away the sands of time.