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Adalbert is a forum for me, to post ephemera, photography, poetry, occasional travel notes, and various spontaneous motions. Cover photo: Parsonage where my great-grandfather spent his early years. Taken near Liegnitz, Silesia, ca. 1870.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

D-Day

Seven decades have passed since the Normandy landings (it's still June 6th here anyway).

The transitions in these photographs from now to 70 years ago are powerful:



I recall seeing a documentary which referenced the landings, which mentioned that a number of reels of film shot during that day fell from a boat into the ocean.  This is why relatively little film footage of D-Day exists. Those sequences, had they survived, would have gelled into icons.

4 comments:

  1. Great link to the Guardian. Really interesting photos, most of which I'd never seen before. Thanks.

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  2. Sure, Ray. The switch in those photos from 1944 to today is fascinating.

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  3. Indeed a great link, powerful then & now photos. And it's a pity that the film reels got lost.

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  4. Seeing the now and then really gets across the magnitude of the invasion.

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