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Thursday, June 5, 2014

D-Day, sixth of June.

Tomorrow is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the invasion that changed the course of the Second WorldWar, but at great risk and loss of life. 

French artist Rachid Khimoune has installed 1,000 sculptures shaped like sea turtles on Omaha Beach to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. 

The turtles' "shells" are molded from American, Russian and German combat helmets, sprouting flippers and long-necked heads. The sculptures were arranged Sunday along the sandy expanses of Omaha Beach - where the Allies won a pivotal victory against the Nazis. 

Some 215,000 Allied soldiers, and roughly as many Germans, were killed or wounded during D-Day and the ensuing nearly three months it took to secure the capture of Normandy. 

A French artist of Berber origin, Khimoune is a sculptor, painter and video artist whose work often features everyday objects.

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