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D-Day - Then and Now

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D-Day - Then and Now
Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Friday, June 6, 2014 7:09 AM

Today we mark the 70th Anniversary of D-Day Invasion of France. This morning I found this:

http://news.msn.com/world/d-day-then-now?gt1=51501

 

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Posted by Cdn Colin on Friday, June 6, 2014 8:47 AM

Some very profound contrasts there.

I build 1/48 scale WW2 fighters.

Have fun.

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Posted by Gordon D. King on Friday, June 6, 2014 7:02 PM

This is an interesting set of photos. There are not many D-Day veterans alive here in Central New Hampshire. On the 50th anniversary they were 20 interviewed by myself and other reporters for the newspaper I worked for. Now there is just one, who was wounded twice, then was transferred to the South Pacific where he was wounded for the third time. Bob Giguere is still sharp and was interviewed by the local newspaper today.

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  • From: Truro Nova Scotia, Canada
Posted by SuppressionFire on Sunday, June 8, 2014 4:23 PM

The best ones were taken from the same spot - camera position as the originals. To show troops on the beach with a landing craft then just the beach was defeating the purpose of comparison.

The best in my opinion was #13 & 14 showing the beach house, yet it failed to be taken from the same camera position.

On a note of the ceremonies I did not like the fly-overs with colored smoke or the elaborate 'interpretive dance'?? Just seemed cheesy and odd.

The veterans should of arrived on a Higgins boat and stormed the beach again! - well in a slower assisted way as many were in wheel chairs.    

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y211/razordws/GB%20Badges/WMIIIGBsmall.jpg

 

 

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Sunday, June 8, 2014 4:59 PM

I thought the same as well. The least they could have done was a fly-by using WW2 allied aircrafts - Thunderbolts, Spitfire, Hurricanes Mustangs, Lancasters, B-17s, etc...

Watching the ceremony, did anyone noticed the aircraft carrier out in the distance?

Let's not forget the look on Putin's face when Obama's arrived. Talk about tension in the air. Am I the only one that had the feeling Putin didn't want to be there?

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Posted by pyrman64 on Sunday, June 8, 2014 5:01 PM

BS214: let's keep the politics out of this forum.

Greg H

"There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell." Gen. Wm T. Sherman (11 April 1880, Columbus, Ohio)

cml
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  • From: Brisbane, Australia
Posted by cml on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 11:04 PM

I just saw this post - thanks for sharing.

I always find it amazing to see the old buildings which are still standing in modern shots.

Chris

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Posted by CodyJ on Friday, June 13, 2014 7:40 PM

Wow.  That's really interesting.  There used to be a magazine called "After the Battle"  that did the same things, showing before and after that is.  Really quite amazing.

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  • From: Goffstown, NH
Posted by New Hampshire on Friday, June 13, 2014 7:58 PM

And let's not forget Ghosts of history which takes a unique perspective of the "then and now" concept.  I have their Facebook page liked and every day is a string of really cool photos!

Brian

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Friday, June 13, 2014 8:53 PM

New Hampshire - Thanks for the link! I added it to favorites for later viewing. LOL!

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