My name is Marcos Renault. I am Brazilian, an engineer by training, but a history student at heart. For over forty-five years now, my interested has been the history of World War II.
When I made my first trip to Europe, about twenty-five years ago, I got the idea of creating then-and-now comparisons of the various locations in which the battles against the nazi-fascist armies were fought during WWII – long before the current hype of photographing places of the past.
At that time, I became acquainted with “After the Battle”, a quarterly British magazine that already did that kind of work, presenting deep historical analyses and excellent photographs, which served as a very rich source of inspiration for my project. For the sake of clarity, I have no intention to compare my modest work with that done by the competent researchers and historians of the magazine.
It is important to note that I am not a licensed historian, much less a professional photographer. I do not count with any sponsorship or subsidy to create these records. I therefore apologize in advance, to those going through the contents of this page, as some of my pictures were not taken exactly at the same angles as those made during the war. Quite often, obstacles prevent me from positioning on the very same spot where the original author once stood. New buildings, parked cars, trees, redesigned roads, groups of tourists, an occasional angry dog – or, occasionally, the lack of a war tank to stand on – are some of the impediments that sometimes bar me from getting the perfect click.