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Remnants of WWII Normandy harbour wear away at sea

Looking out at the Channel from France's Lower Normandy beaches, there is little reminder today of the harbour built after the D-Day landings of tens of thousands of Allied soldiers that took the Germans by surprise in 1944. Just a handful of large concrete blocks remain of a engineering feat by the Allies that became a crucial logistical support leading to their victory in Normandy.

British, Canadian gravestones at Normandy replaced

Thousands of damaged gravestones for British and Canadian soldiers who died in the Normandy landings during World War II are being replaced for the 70th anniversary of D-Day, officials said Wednesday. The project aims to replace 8,329 headstones in three cemeteries by the end of spring, in time for the anniversary of the June 6, 1944 allied landings at Normandy, said William Moody of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC).

Tourists dismayed at shutdown of U.S. D-Day site in Normandy

SAINT-LAURENT-SUR-MER, France (Reuters) - American tourists visiting a D-Day cemetery in Normandy, northern France, expressed anger upon discovering that the white-cross memorial they had traveled thousands of miles to see was closed due to a U.S. government shutdown. Thousands of Americans flock to Normandy each year to see the beaches and sharp cliff-faces where Allied soldiers made their first entry into Nazi-occupied France during a massive invasion on June 6, 1944, known as D-Day.

Long-circulating notion that Alex Colville painted D-day at Juno Beach a myth

TORONTO - Alex Colville has been considered by many as the most prominent painter to document Canada's involvement in the Second World War. But unbeknownst to most, there's one famous military scene he's been erroneously credited with capturing for years — a mistake his family has long been trying to fix. Art websites, politicians and media reports from The Canadian Press and others have said Colville documented the landing of troops at Juno Beach on D-Day.

Canadians invited to weigh in on wind turbine proposal for Juno Beach

TORONTO - For decades visitors to the D-Day beaches on the northwest coast of France have looked out at the English Channel, taking in the journey made by Allied troops that marked a turning point in the Second World War. The view from some of those sites — including Juno Beach where 359 Canadians died — could soon change if a plan succeeds to build an army of wind turbines some 10 kilometres offshore. Canadians now have a chance to voice their opinions on that plan as a French commission holds public consultations on the project.
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