D Day 70 years on, photography by Rachel Stonestreet

Six Normandy locations photographed in remembrance of the Normandy landings codenamed Operation Neptune. The landings commenced on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 at 06.30am. The allied invasion took place along a 50 mile stretch of Normandy coastline, divided into five sectors: from east to west, Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah. These days the Normandy beaches are mainly seaside resorts; the long sandy beaches are a haven for families and holidaymakers. But while some beaches are filled with sandcastles and sea shells, other beaches in Normandy are littered with concrete slabs and barded wire, maintaining their post-war state, an existing reminder of their turbulent past.

IMG_Juno sand Juno Beach IMG_Sword # Sword Beach IMG_8938 Gold Beach img_utah blog Utah Beach IMG_Omaha-blog- Omaha Beach . All photographs were by me , taken on my trip to Normandy last year .

 

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