View Full Version : History Normandy 1944. Then and Now (204 pics)
09-05-2009, 11:56 PM
09-06-2009, 06:54 AM
Amazing collection. I'm always on the look out for these sorts of pictures, I think they're really fascinating to see the comparison. I'm determined to visit these locations myself one day, but for now these pictures will do.
Great find and thanks for sharing. :wink1:
09-06-2009, 08:40 AM
Great job by Mr Elie.
Thanks for sharing Richman. :)
09-06-2009, 11:11 AM
Amazing work indeed :wink1:
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Thank you for posting this thread. The then and now pictures show the reality differences between war and peace. Looking through all those pictures caused to to wonder how much of the rebuilding efforts which are so beautiful was paid for by the U.S.A. in the projects to restore Europe after the war. More research on that for me. Again, Thank You! :BHSmile:
09-06-2009, 12:05 PM
wow, excellent. Thanks a lot. :)
... Looking through all those pictures caused to to wonder how much of the rebuilding efforts which are so beautiful was paid for by the U.S.A. in the projects to restore Europe after the war. More research on that for me. Again, Thank You! :BHSmile:
Let us know when you find something conclusive. The only things I can find atm are mostly papers on the influence of the Marshall Plan on France, like this interesting one (http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3686/is_n3_v28/ai_n28632334/pg_2/?tag=content;col1)
I would advise to look a bit at the Monnet Plan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monnet_plan), there might be part of the answer lying in there.
I didn't search very hard but did find this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_Plan
It says $13 billion in 4 years. Keep in mind that was in those year's dollars. I also noticed mention of farm subsidy to various countries. Russia took no aid. Also says that all countries other than Germany recovered quickly after the war. So I think with a little help from all Allies European countries recovered on their own doing a wonderful job as we can see in this threads photos. :BHSmile:
09-06-2009, 08:39 PM
Nice find richman, certainly interesting to see history as it appeared then and now.
While I am certainly glad to see that Normandy has recovered its natural beauty and it's scars from that epic struggle have healed, I can't but think of a quote from the WWII Movie "Battle of the Bulge" where Major Wolensky (Charles Bronson) says to Col. Kiley (Henry Fonda) before the battle begun:
Major Wolensky : I'll tell you what I and some of my men think. When we get to Germany, we'll knock down every house, every bridge, rip up every road. Don't leave one brick standing on top of the other. Flatten everything, wipe Germany clean off the map! Turn it into a prairie, and ship over a few buffalo and let them start over. Now, whaddaya think of that, Colonel?
Col. Kiley: I think that your men need to shave and wash their socks. It stinks in here.
I think the writers of the film were trying to point to the mind set at that time in the world that due to the Axis insanity many had to leave homes, family, and their lives in order to stop the tyranny that was created and embraced by not only the leaders of those countries but also by many of their citizens. Supposedly to the victors go the spoils, but when it came to the allies I believe we got the bill as well, and sadly many brave men and women who fought in the struggle paid in blood.
Sorry for the derail and not my intention to spark a debate on history of post WWII or on world politics following the conflict!
09-07-2009, 11:29 AM
LOL. I never have been accused by a forum program of putting in too short of a reply. I, therefore, politely request that this post be considered up to snuff. :d
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