Posted by: Jacqui Murray | September 11, 2009

How to Win a War

victorywaitsonyourfingers_smThe material losses of war can be replaced. What we do to mind and spirit when we fight for what we believe in, that lasts forever. ‘Success’ has different measures, but all end up at the same point:

“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” – John R. Wooden, greatest college basketball coach of all time

“I tell you, if there is not something so important, so dear to a man’s heart that he is willing to die for it, then he isn’t fit to live.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.DeserveVictoryChurchill

“Never give in.  Never, never, never, never!  Never yield in any way great or small, except to convictions of honor and good sense.  Never yield to force and the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”  Sir Winston Churchill

When we show the world that we recover, that’s victory. They can’t beat us down. They can’t defeat our essence.

Here are before and after pictures collected at Normandie, France, around the time of World War II:

1 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

BERNIERES SUR MER
Typical Norman house located along the beach at Juno Beach.
(Photo : Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie / Archives Nationales du CANADA)

2 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

3 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

BERNIERES SUR MER
Canadian troops going ashore on Juno Beach on D-Day, 6 June 1944.
(Photo : Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie / Archives Nationales du CANADA )

4 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

5 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

CAEN
Sherman tanks of the Sherbrooke Fusiliers advancing into Caen. 10 July 1944.
(Photo : Harold G. Aikman / Library and Archives Canada / PA-162667)

6 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

7 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

CAEN
Place Foch. World War I memorial and rubble of the German kommandantur.
(Photo : Archives Départementales du Calvados)

8 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

9 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

FRESNEY LE PUCEUX
Privates Albert Thibault and Fernand Lachance, both of 2nd Canadian Infantry Division Headquarters, en route to Falaise – 12 August 1944.
(Photograph : Lieut. Michael M. Dean / Library and Archives Canada / PA-169323)

10 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

11 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

BERNIERES SUR MER
Infantrymen of Le Régiment de la Chaudière moving through the village, 6 June 1944.
(Photo : Lieut. Frank L. Dubervill / Library and Archives Canada / PA-131436)

12 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

13 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

LONGUES SUR MER
One of the blockhouses with one of the four 150mm guns of the M.K.B. Longues.
(Photo : Archives Départementales du Calvados)

14 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

15 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

SAINTE MERE EGLISE
Street scene in the village after its liberation by U.S. Troops. Looking East – June 1944.
(Photo : U.S. Archives)

16 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

17 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

MARIGNY
Inside the church after the fighting.
(Photo : Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie / U.S Archives)

18 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

19 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

LA MADELEINE
A group of GI’s leaving the chapel after a mass.
(Photo : Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie / U.S Archives)

20 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

21 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

RAVENOVILLE
Paratroopers of Hq & Hq Co / 508th PIR under the command of Captain Johnson and Abraham stop for a moment in the village before going south to find their unit.
(Photo : Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie / U.S Archives)

22 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

23 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

CARENTAN
The entrance in Carentan by the street Holgate, coming from Periers road.
(Photo : Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie / U.S Archives)

24 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

26 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

CARENTAN
A M-7 Priest of the 14th Armored Field Battalion / 2nd Armored Division at the crossroad of the street Holgate and the railroad Paris-Cherbourg.
(Photo : Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie / U.S Archives)

25 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

27 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

CARENTAN
American paratroopers in a german Kübelwagen at the crossroads of the street Holgate and RN 13 (actually street of the 101st airborne).
(Photo : Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie / U.S Archives)

28 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

29 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

CARENTAN
GI’s at the crossroads of the street Holgate and RN 13 (actually street of the 101st airborne).
(Photo : Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie / U.S Archives)

30 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

31 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

CARENTAN
A jeep with medics of the 101st Airborne in the street Holgate towards the crossroads with the RN 13.
(Photo : Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie / U.S Archives)

32 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

33 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

CARENTAN
‘Place de la République’. Elements of the 101st Airborne are sitting and posing with children near the monument to the death of the world war one.
(Photo : Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie / U.S Archives)

34 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

35 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

CAEN
11 July 1944 – A Sherman tank of the Sherbrooke Fusiliers Regiment advancing into Caen.
(Photo : Lieut. Michael M. Dean / Library and Archives Canada / PA-162583)

36 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

38 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

CAEN
Bridge over the canal from caen to ouistreham. we are in the center of the town near the ‘Bassin St Pierre’.
(Photo : Stollberg – Bundesarchiv)

37 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

39 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

BERNIERES SUR MER
A member of the Canadian Provost Corps (C.P.C.) guarding the first German prisoners to be captured by Canadian soldiers in the Normandy beachhead, France, 6 June 1944.
(Photo : Lieut. Frank L. Dubervill / Library and Archives Canada / PA-136280)

40 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

41 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

BERNIERES SUR MER
German personnel captured on D-Day embarking for England.
(Photo : Ken Bell / Library and Archives Canada / PA-132474)

42 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

43 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

CAEN
10 July 1944 – Residents looking after a Canadian bulldozer clearing rubble in the streets.
(Photo : Archives Canada)

44 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

45 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

CAUQUIGNY
On the west side of the La Fiere causeway, after the battle.
(Photo : U.S Archives)

46 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

47 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

COLLEVILLE SUR MER
Steeple of the church of Colleville sur Mer destoyed by Destroyers of the U.S. Navy on 6 June 1944. It was used by German snipers and for observation post.
(Photo : US Signal Corps)

48 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

49 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

HERMANVILLE SUR MER
A bren carrier of the 33th Field Artillery Regiment crossing the place Courbet (actual).
(Photo : I.W.M)

50 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

51 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

ISIGNY SUR MER
19 June 1944 – An American tank battalion passes through Isigny, France, with ruins of building damaged by shell fire and bombing in the background.
(Photo : US Archives)

52 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

53 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

SAINT MARCOUF
Pfc James R. Kumler and Tec 5 Donald J. MacLeod, Hq & Hq Co / 508th PIR, making their way in the French village of Saint-Marcouf, 7 miles Northeast from their initial DZ.
(Photo : Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie / U.S Archives)

54 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

55 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

BASLY
27 June 1944 – Members of the 23d Field Ambulance, R.C.A.M.C. laying flowers on graves. From left to right : Private W. Young, H. Roach, M.G. Newberry.
The left grave, Private A.J. Barnes is still in the cemetery.
(Photo : Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie / Archives Nationales du CANADA )

56 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

57 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

SAINT LAURENT SUR MER
Exit E1 – Wn65 – Vallee du Ruquet
German pillbox on Omaha Beach serving as a U.S. Army command post, during the early days of the invasion.
(Photo : U.S Archives)

58 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

59 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

VIERVILLE SUR MER
German pillbox for 88mm gun located on strong point WN72.
This strong point was build to protect Exit D1 and the access to the village of Vierville.
(Photo : U.S Archives)

60 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

61 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

SAINT AUBIN SUR MER
Juno Beach, Nan Red sector. A P-47 crash landed on the beach near the strong point WN27.
(Photo : I.W.M)

62 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

63 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

TURQUEVILLE
Many 101st troopers were dropped far from their initial DZ’s. Like Wilbur W. Shanklin facing, here, a German prisoner. They are on the road between Ste-Mere-Eglise and Audouville-la-Hubert.
(Picture from ‘At the Point of No Return’ Book. Michel De Trez / D-Day Publishing)

64 Normandy 1944   Then and Now

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