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Normandy: Then and Now Photos

Discussion in 'Western Europe' started by jagdpanther44, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. jagdpanther44

    jagdpanther44 Battlefield wanderer

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    I think you all know by now how much I enjoy doing the 'then and now' comparison photos, so I thought it would be a good idea to put them in to one dedicated thread.

    I'll add more as and when I do them.

    This is Saint-Pierre church (also known as Caen Cathedral) in the centre of Caen which was badly damaged by allied bombing in 1944.
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    German POWs stood on the platform of the railway station next to Juno Beach in Bernieres-sur-Mer
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    US soldiers from 2nd Ranger Battalion at Pointe-du-Hoc
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    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member

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    As much as you enjoy showing them, I equally enjoy seeing them. Thanks.
     
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    Amazing contrast in Time. Do you take the shots?
     
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    I enjoy the then and now photos as well. Keep them coming.
     
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    The most addictive holiday pastime of all !:D I love the Pointe du Hoc one....
     
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    jagdpanther44 Battlefield wanderer

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    Yes I do take all the modern photos that I show.

    It a is VERY addictive hobby, I sometimes go miles out of my way to get just one comparison shot.

    The Pointe du Hoc photo was a little difficult to get as the fence along the coast has been moved some twenty feet inland due to the cliffs crumbling away. I had to pick my moment to get over the low fencing, get my photo and get back without being spotted by an official bod!
     
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    US paratroopers resting in Ravenouville, which is a few miles inland from Utah beach.
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    The church in Sainte-mer-Eglise.
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    Hope it's OK to chip in with the only one I did last week in Normandy.
    Then photo from Mark J Reardon's book ''Victory at Mortain''.

    The Gare at Le Neufbourg on the northern outskirts of Mortain.

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    jagdpanther44 Battlefield wanderer

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    Great comparison, Owen.

    The fact that Normandy has changed very little over the years makes it all the more easy to find the 'then' locations.
     
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    Here's another taken in Sainte-mer-Eglise. I couldn't quite get the same shot angle as it would have meant standing in the middle of a busy crossroads and risking the chance of being mown down by a local or tourist driver! :eek:
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    I feel very daft now as was looking for that back in October to Then & Now a photo on page 28 of ''Canadian Battlefields in Normandy'' by Copp & Bechthold. I couldn't find it...Doh!!!
     
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    It's one of those buildings that you can pass and not realise that it was once a station. We stay quite close to its location and this is the first time I've done a comparison shot. On previous visits it has been a case of "I'll stop and do that comparison tomorrow"...and then forgetting to.
     
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    Here's another comparison taken in the town of Bernieres-sur-Mer.

    The first house to be liberated on Juno beach.
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    Excellent pics John ! i'm surprised the 3 trees in Mortain still look exactly the same after 70 years
     
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    These were taken at the WW1 memorial in the centre of Carentan. I didn't quite line this shot up properly. :eek:
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    US soldiers riding a captured Kubelwagen along the main road through Carentan
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    Great pics, guys, and I'm certainly jealous!!!
     
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    More taken in Carentan

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    It's a shame that the cars blocked my 'now' shot. :(
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    The shop behind the monument used to be a garage those days
     
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    Those are some great photos there Panther :)
     
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    I'm sure this one has been seen many times. This is St Lambert-sur-Dives, right in the middle of the Falaise Gap.

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