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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.


Friday, June 6, 2014


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.


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

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

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

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