June 6, 2014 at 10:03 AM ET
Google is giving users an interactive look back at D-Day with hundreds of photos and historical documents related to the invasion of Normandy.
It’s part of the company’s Cultural Institute, which is kind of like a museum you can visit from your couch. For the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Google put together everything from old newspaper covers to copies of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous prayer to top secret progress reports from the U.S. Military.
The collection includes five exhibitions, including one focused on the hardships of American soldiers on the front line and another on the approximately 10,000 codebreakers who worked for the British government.
Overall, there are 471 pictures and documents to look through, accompanied by text from Wikipedia.
This is not the first time Google has done an anniversary homage. The tech giant put together a similar collection for the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, which included several edits of Abraham Lincoln's historic speech.
There are plenty of other things to look at in the Google Cultural Institute as well, including 40,000 works of art, some viewable at the "gigapixel" level so that viewers can examine individual brushstrokes.
Yes, most Americans would rather travel to France to think about D-Day on the shores of Normandy, followed by a trip to the museums of Paris. But for exactly $0, a visit to the Google Cultural Institute is not a bad deal.