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In pictures: D-Day's landscape in 1944 and today

Updated : 2019-05-30 16:12:36

Warships, bombers, rubble, refugees. That was the Normandy landscape of 1944, as Allied forces fought to wrest France from Nazi control. Today, the region's towns and beaches are startlingly calm, as still-grateful residents prepare to welcome veterans commemorating 75 years since D-Day.

This combination of photos shows a British soldier walking in the streets of captured Argentan, in Normandy, France on September 11, 1944, top, and below, a view of the same location on May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
This combination of photos shows a British soldier walking in the streets of captured Argentan, in Normandy, France on September 11, 1944, top, and below, a view of the same location on May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
This combination of photos shows inhabitants of La Haye Du Puits in Normandy, France, on July 14, 1944, returning to their home town, top, and below, a view of the same location on May 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
This combination of photos shows inhabitants of La Haye Du Puits in Normandy, France, on July 14, 1944, returning to their home town, top, and below, a view of the same location on May 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
This combination of photos shows an American soldier and a French civilian speaking on the causeway leading from the mainland of Brittany to the famous tourist resort of Mont-St-Michel in Normandy on August 8, 1944, top, and below, a view of the same location on May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
This combination of photos shows an American soldier and a French civilian speaking on the causeway leading from the mainland of Brittany to the famous tourist resort of Mont-St-Michel in Normandy on August 8, 1944, top, and below, a view of the same location on May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
This combination of photos shows the flag-covered body of an officer identified only as
This combination of photos shows the flag-covered body of an officer identified only as "Major Aowie" resting amid the ruins of St. Croix Church as two of his men man a machine gun in a bomb crater in the foreground, in St. Lo, France, July 23, 1944, top, and below, a view of the same location on May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Harry Harris, Thibault Camus)
This combination of photos shows ruins in the town of Valognes on October 7, 1944, top, and below, a view of the same location 75 years later on May 9, 2019. (Bert Brandt/ACME Pool via AP/Thibault Camus)
This combination of photos shows ruins in the town of Valognes on October 7, 1944, top, and below, a view of the same location 75 years later on May 9, 2019. (Bert Brandt/ACME Pool via AP/Thibault Camus)
This combination of photos shows US troops passing through the town of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont as they push forward in France, June 1944, top, and below, a view of the same location on May 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Peter J Carroll, Thibault Camus)
This combination of photos shows US troops passing through the town of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont as they push forward in France, June 1944, top, and below, a view of the same location on May 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Peter J Carroll, Thibault Camus)
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