The Normandy landings, also called D-Day were one of the most famous days in Europe's history. It was when Allied forced landed in Normandy beaches in 'Operation Neptune' during World War II.
Also known as the largest seaborne invasion in history, the landings that took place on 6 June 1944 (D-Day), was when the force began the invasion of German-occupied Western Europe. This led to the restoration of the French Republic, and the final victory of the Allied forced in the war.
The famous D-Day or the Normandy landings essentially liberated mainland Europe from Nazi occupation and is considered the biggest achievement in Europe during the war.
Seventy years on, life moves on as usual in the Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword beaches. Most people are oblivious of what had happened on that fateful day.
Here is a picture collection by a Photographer from Reuters, Chris Helgren who collected archive pictures taken during the invasion back in 1944 and went back to the same places to photograph them and see how they appear today.
Handout photo of U.S. Army paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division driving a captured German Kubelwagen on D-Day in CarentanReuters
Tourists walk across the main square of Place Du Marche near the former D-Day landing zone of Omaha BeachReuters
Handout photo of a crashed U.S. fighter plane on the waterfront on a Juno Beach D-Day landing zone in Saint-Aubin-sur-MerReuters
Tourists enjoy the sunshine on the former Juno Beach D-Day landing zone in Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer (Present Day)Reuters
Handout photo of a Cromwell tank leading a British Army column inland from Gold Beach after landing on D-Day in Ver-sur-MerReuters
A couple walk inland from the former D-Day landing zone of Gold Beach in Ver-sur-MerReuters
Handout photo of U.S. Army troops making a battle plan near the D-Day landing zone of Utah Beach in Les Dunes de VarrevilleReuters
Farmer Bertot poses on his property near the former D-Day landing zone of Utah Beach in Les Dunes de VarrevilleReuters
Handout photo of U.S. Army reinforcements marching up a hill past a German bunker after the D-Day landings near Colleville sur MerReuters
Youths hike up a hill past an old German bunker overlooking the former D-Day landing zone of Omaha Beach near Colleville sur MerReuters
Handout photo of U.S. reinforcements landing on Omaha beach during the Normandy D-Day landings near Vierville sur MerReuters
Youths enjoy the sunshine on the former D-Day landing zone of Omaha beach near Vierville sur MerReuters