Although the Americans successfully breach the beaches, the fighting continues on throughout D-Day, June 6, 1944. Lt. Gordon Osland, 397th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion, dies on Omaha Beach that afternoon when shrapnel strikes him in the chest, killing him instantly. He leaves behind a young wife, pregnant with their daughter.
His last letter to his wife and the telegram informing her of his death are part of the collection at The National WWII Museum.
A woman’s heart is a deep ocean of secrets.
Sequin Embellished Evening Gown, ca. 1901
via Norwegian Folk Museum
Wounded British troops, evacuated from the Normandy beaches, are helped down the ramp of a landing ship, 7 June 1944.
British 3rd Division troops passing a Great War memorial in Hermanville-sur-Mer, 6 June 1944.
D-Day Then and Now V
70 years ago today, on June 6th, 1944 the Western Allies’ armies landed in the Normandy region of France, beginning their push through Europe for Germany that would, combined with the Soviet onslaught from the east, result in the fall of Nazi Germany within the next year.
In 2014, as we approach the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion, Peter Chris Helgren returned to the invasion grounds to photograph the locations of some iconic - and lessor known - images from the Allied invasion. Presented here are some of the “Then” and “Now” photographs.