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  • In this composite image of Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, France, a view of the sea at Nan Red Beach is pictured on May 6, 2014. In the archival photo, The British 2nd Army, Royal Marine Commandos of Headquarters, 4th Special Service Brigade, are seen making their way onto Nan Red Beach at approximately 9 a.m. on June 6, 1944. Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid went through approximately 700 images, looking for reference points in the archive images that would possibly still exist today.
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  • In this composite image of Bernieres-sur-Mer, France, a view of Juno Beach is pictured on May 8, 2014. In the archival photo, a large number of German prisoners are gathered on the beach of Bernieres-sur-Mer in June 1944. They are guarded by British soldiers from the 2nd Army. "Most fascinating for me as a photographer was that in the various Normandy locations I was standing in almost the exact same spot where the images were created a lifetime ago," said Macdiarmid.
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  • In this composite image of Weymouth Harbour, England, a view of the harbor is pictured on April 5, 2014. In the archival photo, boats full of United States troops are pictured waiting to leave to take part in D-Day in June 1944. This location was used as a launching place for Allied troops participating in the invasion of Nazi-occupied France.
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  • In this composite image taken near Vierville sur Mer, France, a view of Omaha Beach is pictured on May 6, 2014.In the archival photo, American troops stand by with stores on Omaha Beach after the D-Day landings.
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  • In this composite image of Saint Lo, France, a view of the roadway is pictured on May 7, 2014. In the archival photo, Army trucks and Jeeps drive through the ruins of Saint-Lo in July 1944. A group of American soldiers are pictured walking along the street. The town was almost totally destroyed by 2,000 Allied bombers when they attacked German troops stationed there during D-Day in June 1944.
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  • In this composite image of Weymouth, England, a view of the seafront is pictured on April 5, 2014. In the archival photo, U.S. troops are pictured on the Esplanade on their way to embark on ships bound for Omaha Beach for the D-Day landings in Normandy in June 1944.
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  • In this composite image of Sainte Mere Eglise, France, a view of the high street is pictured on May 7, 2014. In the archival photo, a French armored column passes through the small French town of Sainte Mere Eglise on D-Day, and gets a warm welcome from the town's locals.
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  • In this composite image of La Breche, France, a view of the seafront and Queen Red Beach is pictured on May 8, 2014. In the archival photo, the British 2nd Army, commandos of 1st Special Service Brigade, land on Queen Red Beach at approximately 8:40 a.m. on June 6, 1944.
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  • In this composite image of Basly, France, a view of the graveyard with the church of Saint Georges de Basly in the background is pictured on May 5, 2014. In the archival photo, three soldiers of the 23rd Field Ambulance of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division place flowers on graves in June 1944. Two soldiers wear the armband for the Red Cross. In the four temporary graves are a Scottish, a Canadian and two French civilians.
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  • In this composite image of Pointe du Hoc, France, a view of the cliffs there is pictured on May 6, 2014. In the archival photo, the aftermath of the assault at the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc is pictured. Here, the 2nd Ranger Battalion (D, E and F Company) and Col. James E. Rudder establish a command post in June 1944. German prisoners are gathered and an American flag is deployed for signaling.
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  • In this composite image of Caen, France, a view of the Rue de Bayeux is pictured on May 5, 2014. In the archival photo, an older couple watch a Canadian soldier with a bulldozer working in the ruins of a house, July 10, 1944. The church towers in the background had survived the Allied bombing intact.
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  • In this composite image of Bernieres-sur-Mere, France, a view of the seafront at Juno Beach is pictured on May 5, 2014. In the archival photo, troops of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division are seen landing at Juno Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. 14,000 Canadian soldiers were put ashore and 340 lost their lives in the battles for the beachhead.
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  • In this composite image of Moreton in Marsh, England, a general view of the high street is pictured on May 12, 2014. In the archival photo, a view of a town square, stockpiled with supplies and ammunition prepared for the impending D-Day invasion of France, is pictured in May 1944.
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  • In this composite image near Colleville sur Mer, France, a view of Omaha Beach is pictured on May 7, 2014. In the archival photo, American craft of all types are pictured at Omaha Beach, Normandy, during the first stages of the Allied invasion, in June 1944.
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  • In this composite image of Bernieres-sur-Mere, France, a view of the street area and Notre-Dame Nativity Church is pictured on May 5, 2014. This the archival photo, a Canadian soldier is directing traffic in Bernieres-sur-Mer on June 6, 1944. The Canadians landed at nearby Juno Beach. Fourteen thousand Canadian soldiers were put ashore and 340 lost their lives in the battles for the beachhead.
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  • In this composite image of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, France, a view of the old village fountain is pictured on May 7, 2014. In the archival photo, a group of American soldiers stand at the village fountain on June 12, 1944. Sainte-Marie-du-Mont was liberated by a group of paratroopers of the 501st and 506th Regiments of the 101st Airborne Division. "This is my favorite image, not because it was the easiest to shoot but all the reference points are the same except for the line of the sidewalk. It is the most satisfying match-up," said Macdiarmid.
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