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 color photos bring us a bit closer to the action. Check out the full gallery of architectural annihilation over at Time Life.