Tour D-Day Normandy's Surreal Destruction In These Rare Colour Photos

Yesterday marked the 69th anniversary of D-day, the largest amphibious invasion in history and the beginning of the end for the Axis Powers. After 160,000 US, British and Canadian troops stormed the beaches of Normandy and secured a foothold for the Allies, war photographer Frank Scherschel surveyed the French town's nearly complete destruction.

Only a dwindling number of veterans witnesses the attack, but these unusual colour photos bring us a bit closer to the action. Check out the full gallery of architectural annihilation over at Time Life.