Former Adams resident offers photographic portrait of D-Day landscapes today

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PITTSFIELD — As a commercial pilot, Dennis P. Klein knew Normandy from the air. The story of what happened there starting June 6, 1944, called to him — for work he had to pursue on the ground.

Klein, a former Adams resident who lives in Georgia, traveled old battlefields of the French region with a camera, recording the look today of a rural area that became the site of the D-Day invasion by Allied forces.

Last year, Klein published a collection of photographs in the book "Normandy, 75 Years Later: Revisiting Normandy After D-Day." The large-format volume is published by Booklogix.

In an "about the author" note, the publisher recalls Klein's initial high-altitude views of Normandy, and the cockpit questions that put him on a quest to delve into the region's fraught history.

"On cloudless mornings, he often looked down and wondered what the thoughts were of those boys on that fateful morning as they embarked on their journey across the English Channel. Was it to be their finest hour?" the book's text reads.

The hardcover volume provides short text explanations, but leans on photographs to bring back landscapes that saw ferocious fighting for many days, as German forces attempted, unsuccessfully, to resist the onslaught.

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