Really compelling “then and now” photography from Operation Overlord – more commonly known as D-day – that took place on the 6th of June 1944. I had the opportunity to visit the Normandy beaches a couple of years ago and was humbled by the sacrifice and bravery of the men who took part in the largest seaborne invasion in military history. I remember wandering down to the shoreline on Omaha beach, turned to face the machine gun decked dunes, 100 or so metres away, and tried to imagine what it was like to be a young American GI on that fateful morning: tired and wet, weary of the smell of vomit from seasickness and fear, weighed down by 75 pounds of gear, alighting from a landing craft and running as fast as a he could towards a blizzard of bullets. Respect. Left a lasting impression.
Link to interactive article: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/ng-interactive/2014/jun/01/d-day-landings-scenes-in-1944-and-now-interactive