68 years ago was a turning point in the global incident known as World War II. Commonly known today as D-Day, but, it also goes as Normandy Landings, Operation Neptune, or Operation Overlord. All are good.
D-Day was the just one of the many “ultimate elements” that happened in WWII. It was the largest amphibious landing in history, and while not really the turning point of the war, for all intents and purposes, it was.
Stephen Speilberg immortalized the event in the opening of Saving Private Ryan, and for better or worse, that’s stuck with us.
Now, I’d like to draw your attention to the photo I posted above. That is a composite shot (in case you couldn’t tell), of a historic WWII photograph, and one taken from the same spot today(ish, the dates are hard to read on this Russian site). Servey Larenkov spent a year traveling around Europe taking photographs in those famous WWII places, and then painstakingly combining them with the historic WWII versions.
I think he did a good job.
He didn’t just take those three, there are dozens of them, many as you can imagine from Russia, and Moscow, but plenty from the occupation of Paris, and the general Western European campaign.