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Tourists enjoy the sunshine on the former Juno Beach D-Day landing zone in Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer

Tourists enjoy the sunshine on the former Juno Beach D-Day landing zone, where Canadian forces came ashore, in Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, France, August 23, 2013. British and Canadian troops battled reinforced German troops holding the area around Caen for about two months following the D-Day landings in Normandy in 1944.On June 6, 1944, allied soldiers descended on the beaches of Normandy for D-Day - an operation that turned the tide of the Second World War against the Nazis, marking the beginning of the end of the conflict. Today, as many around the world prepare to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the landings, pictures of Normandy's now-touristy beaches stand in stark contrast to images taken around the time of the invasion. But while the landscape has changed, the memory of the momentous event lives on. Reuters photographer Chris Helgren compiled a series of archive pictures taken during the 1944 invasion and then went back to the same places, to photograph them as they appear today. Picture taken August 23, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Helgren (FRANCE - Tags: ANNIVERSARY TRAVEL CONFLICT) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 34 OF 34 FOR PACKAGE 'WWII - THE D-DAY LANDINGS, 70 YEARS ON' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'D-DAY HELGREN - RTR3R6ST
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