D-Day photographs in colour

Jun 6, 2019

Digital colourist Marina Amaral runs a great blog called marinamaral.com. A few days ago she transformed a number of old pictures from the D-Day landings in order to add colour to the black and white pictures. The result is brilliant.

The Normandy landings were the landing operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. Codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The operation began the liberation of German-occupied France and laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front.

During an event marking the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Landings, Britain’s Prince Charles paid tribute to Polish veterans who took part in this Allied WWII operation in 1944. A total of 12 Polish squadrons served as part of the British Royal Air Force and 11 of them took part in the Normandy Landings. Moreover, the Allied forces were supported by three military vessels, operated by the Polish Navy.

The Allies failed to achieve any of their goals on the first day. Carentan, St. Lô, and Bayeux remained in German hands, and Caen, a major objective, was not captured until 21 July. Only two of the beaches (Juno and Gold) were linked on the first day, and all five beachheads were not connected until 12 June; however, the operation gained a foothold which the Allies gradually expanded over the coming months.

German casualties on D-Day have been estimated at 4,000 to 9,000 men. Allied casualties were at least 10,000, with 4,414 confirmed dead.

All pictures subject to copyright, courtesy Marina Amaral.

Anna Badowska

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