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A composite image shows Weymouth, England, on April 5, 2014, and in June 1944 as U.S. troops march to ships bound for Omaha Beach for the D-Day landings in Normandy, France.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid and Galerie Bil / Getty Images

The same spot in Weymouth, England, on April 5, 2014.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

A composite image shows a town square in Moreton in Marsh, England, on May 12, 2014, and in May 1944 when supplies and ammunition were stockpiled for the impending D-Day invasion of France.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

The same spot in Moreton in Marsh, England, on May 12, 2014.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

A composite image shows Weymouth Harbour, England, on May 5, 2104, and in June 1944 as boats full of U.S. troops wait to leave to take part in the D-Day invasion of France.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid and Galerie Bil / Getty Images

The same spot in Weymouth, England, on April 5, 2014.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

A composite image of the seafront and Queen Red Beach on May 8, 2014, in La Breche, France, and on June 6, 1944, as the British 2nd Army, Commandos of 1st Special Service Brigade, lands during the D-Day invasion.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid and Capt. J L E / Getty Images

A view of the seafront on May 8, 2014, in La Breche, France.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

A composite image shows Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, France, on May 6, 2014, and on June 6, 1944, when the scene was known as Nan Red Beach in the Juno beach area when the British 2nd Army, Royal Marine Commandos of Headquarters, 4th Special Service Brigade, came ashore.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid and Lt. Handfor / Getty Images

Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, France, on May 6, 2014.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

A composite image of Vierville-sur-Mer, France, on May 6, 2014, and on June 6, 1944, when the area was known as Omaha Beach during the D-Day invasion.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid and MPI / Getty Images

A view of Omaha Beach on May 6, 2014 near Vierville-sur-Mer, France.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

A composite image of Colleville-sur-Mer, France, on May 7, 2014, and on June 6, 1944, when troops and equipment were brought ashore on Omaha Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid and Popperfoto / Getty Images

A view of Omaha Beach on May 7, 2014, near Colleville-sur-Mer, France.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

A composite image of Pointe du Hoc, France, on May 6, 2014, and on June 6, 1944, after it was captured by Allied forces.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid and Galerie Bil / Getty Images

A view of the cliffs on May 6, 2014, in Pointe du Hoc, France.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

A composite image of Bernieres-sur-Mer, France, on May 5, 2014, and on June 6, 1944, when troops of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division landed at Juno Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid and Galerie Bil / Getty Images

A view of the seafront and Juno beach on May 5, 2014, in Bernieres-sur-Mer, France.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

A composite image of Sainte-Mere-Eglise, France, on May 7, 2014, and on June 6, 1944, when a French armored column passed through the small French town.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid and Popperfoto / Getty Images

A view of the high street on May 7, 2014, in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, France.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

A composite image of Trevieres, France, on May 6, 2014, and on June 6, 1944, when the body of a German soldier belonging to the 2. Infanterie Regiment lay on the Market Square.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid and Galerie Bil / Getty Images

A view of the market square on May 6, 2014, in Trevieres, France.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

A composite image shows Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, France, on May 7, 2014, and on June 12, 1944, when a group of American soldiers stood at the village fountain. Sainte-Marie-du-Mont was liberated by a group of paratroopers of the 501st and 506th regiments of the 101st Airborne Division.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid and Galerie Bil / Getty Images

A view of the old village fountain on May 7, 2014, in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, France.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

A composite image shows Caen, France, on May 5, 2014, and on July 10, 1944, when an older couple watched a Canadian soldier with a bulldozer work in the ruins of a house in the rue de Bayeux.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid and Galerie Bil / Getty Images

A view of the rue de Bayeux on May 5, 2014, in Caen, France. The church towers in the background survived the Allied bombing intact.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

A composite image of Bernieres-sur-Mer, France, on May 8, 2014, and in June 1944 shows a large number of German prisoners gathered on the beach of Bernieres-sur-Mer. They are guarded by British soldiers from the 2nd Army on Juno Beach (Bernieres sector).

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid and Galerie Bil / Getty Images

A view of Juno Beach on May 8, 2014, in Bernieres-sur-Mer, France.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

A composite image shows the street area and Notre-Dame Nativity church in Bernieres-sur-Mer, France, on May 5, 2014, and on June 6, 1944, when a Canadian soldier directed traffic.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid and Galerie Bil / Getty Images

A view of the street area and Notre-Dame Nativity church on May 5, 2014, in Bernieres-sur-Mer, France.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

A composite image of Saint Lo, France, on May 7, 2014, and in July 1944 when U.S. Army trucks and jeeps drove through the ruins of the town, which was almost totally destroyed by 2,000 Allied bombers when they attacked German troops stationed there.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid and Galerie Bil / Getty Images

A view of the roadway on May 7, 2014, in Saint Lo, France.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

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Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid literally followed in the footsteps of World War II combat photographers to re-shoot scenes from D-Day captured in their historical photographs. He wanted to match them as closely to show the changes in 70 years. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, Allied troops landed along a stretch of French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France.

Macdiarmid browsed through several hundred images in the Getty archives to find places he could revisit. He looked for landmarks or buildings that would likely still exist today. With the help of Google Street View he was able to explore the areas virtually on his laptop to narrow in on where he could go. He had done a similar project for World War I.

In some places it took more than a dozen shots to line up the position where the original photo was taken. Shooting with a digital camera with a 24-70mm lens he loaded the photos onto his laptop while still on location. Using Photoshop he combined his images with the archival one until he was satisfied with the results.

Along the way he encountered helpful and curious onlookers who were supportive of his project. Macdiarmid said he found it fascinating to stand in the same spot where a photographer colleague had been 70 years before.

1 Comment

  1. May 30, 2014, 2:35 pm

    Fantastic! :)

    By: Matti

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