93 year old WWII 101st Airborne Veteran Jim Martin to jump into Normandy on the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
D-Day - 6 June, 1944. Pictured above (top) are the British 2nd Army, 1st Corps, on their way to Normandy. Pictured below (bottom) are the Canadian 3rd Division coming ashore to Juno Beach.
JUNE 6TH 1944
OPERATION OVERLORD BEGINS
“This was no chance or accidental turning point, but a calculated, planned, evolving, intricate struggle to ensure the overthrow of a tyrannical regime, and to liberate those who had suffered under its harsh rule for four years. It was a struggle that involved men and women in offices and factories, in training camps and clandestine venues working as a vast team to put together a comprehensive plan that would ensure the destruction of Hitler and his regime, and the liberation of the captive peoples of Europe”
“D-Day”, Martin Gilbert
Still stoked that Shane Taylor commented on my tweet. 😄 I’m easily made happy. Lol
70 years ago today, on June 6th, 1944 the Western Allies’ armies landed in the Normandy region of France, beginning their push through Europe for Germany that would, combined with the Soviet onslaught from the east, result in the fall of Nazi Germany within the next year.
In 2014, as we approach the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion, Peter Macdiarmid returned to the invasion grounds to photograph the locations of some iconic - and lessor known - images from the Allied invasion. Presented here are some of the “Then” and “Now” photographs.
On 6 June 1944, the Allied forces opened up a second front in Normandy to liberate France from the German occupation. 90,000 Allied troops landed on the Omaha Beach, codename for Coleville-Sur-Mer. Many were killed by German troops but the Allies managed to defeat the Germans, thus liberating France in the coming months.
Robert Capa, a war correspondent and photographer for LIFE magazine, landed with E Company of the 16th Regiment, 1st Infantry Division on Easy Red Sector of Omaha Beach to photograph the landing. For 90 minutes during the first wave of landings, Capa used four rolls of 35mm film to take his 106 photos which he delivered to a darkroom assistant for development. Unfortunately, too much heat was used to dry the negatives, the emulsions melted and ran down. Only eleven photographs survived. Here are nine.
Photos by Robert Capa / Magnum Photos
US Troops and vehicles outside Sainte-Marie-du-Mont church, France, June 1944. An M-29 Weasel of HQ Company, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division is seen outside the church at Sainte-Marie-du-Mont inland from Utah Beach.