These haunting photo overlays capture the horrors of D-Day

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A view of the seafront and Juno beach on May 5, 2014, in Bernieres-sur-Mer, France, juxtaposed with troops of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division landing at Juno Beach on the outskirts of Bernieres-sur-Mer on D-Day.
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The D-Day invasion, code named Operation Overlord, was the largest seaborne invasion in history.

Almost 5,000 landing and assault craft accompanied by 289 escort vessels and 277 minesweepers from Canada, the US, Britain, and Australia took part in the operation. The Allies suffered 226,386 casualties, but it proved a decisive moment in the war.

Suddenly, the Nazis were fighting a two-front war in Europe, leading to a division in their forces across multiple flanks. But the cost of D-Day, in both human lives and devastation of the surrounding regions of France, was immense.

The following photos from Getty photographer Peter Macdiarmid show an amazing juxtaposition of images from the affected areas of modern France with photos of the invasion from 1944 overlaid on top.

Jeremy Bender composed an earlier version of this article.


A view of Juno Beach on May 8, 2014 in Bernieres sur Mer, France. A Canadian soldier stands at the head of a group of German prisoners of war, including two officers, on Juno Beach at Bernières-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, June 6, 1944.

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A view of the old village fountain on May 7, 2014 in Sainte Marie du Mont, France. A group of American soldiers stand at the village fountain, June 12, 1944.

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A view of the roadway on May 7, 2014 in Saint Lo, France. United States Army trucks and jeeps are driving through the ruins of Saint-Lo.

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A view of the cliffs on May 6, 2014 in Pointe du Hoc, France. German prisoners are gathered and an American flag is deployed for signaling on Omaha Beach.

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A view of the market square on May 6, 2014 in Trevieres, France. The body of a German soldier belonging to the 2. Infanterie Regiment lies on the Market Square, June 15, 1944.

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A view of the street area and Notre-Dame Nativity church on May 5, 2014 in Bernieres-sur-Mer, France. A Canadian soldier is directing traffic in Bernieres-sur-Mer, June 6, 1944.

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A view of the seafront and Juno beach on May 5, 2014 in Bernieres-sur-Mer, France. Operation Overlord Normandy, Troops of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division are landing at Juno Beach on the outskirts of Bernieres-sur-Mer on D-Day.

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A view of the rue de Bayeux on May 5, 2014 in Caen, France. An older couple watch a Canadian soldier with a bulldozer working in the ruins of a house in the rue de Bayeux, July 10, 1944.

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A view of the graveyard with the church of Saint Georges de Basly in the background on May 5, 2014 in Basly, France. Three soldiers of the 23rd Field Ambulance of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division place flowers on graves.

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A view of the seafront on April 5, 2014 in Weymouth, England. US troops on the Esplanade at Weymouth, Dorset, on their way to embark on ships bound for Omaha Beach for the D-Day landings in Normandy, June 1944.

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A view of the harbor on April 5, 2014 in Weymouth, England. Boats full of United States troops waiting to leave Weymouth, Southern England, to take part in Operation Overlord in Normandy, June 1944.

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