Striking color pictures have brought the struggle and victory of the Second World War’s Western Front into the twenty-first century.
The images from June 1944 show USS LST-388 landing at Normandy Beach, US Army forces making a desperate bid to fight German forces on Utah Beach and marching through Po Valley.
Other amazing shots from under a year later show members of America’s E-Company celebrating victory over the Nazis in Hitler’s private residence in the Bavarian mountains as well as France during Liberation Day.
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Two color guards and color bearers of the Japanese-American 442nd Combat Team, stand to attention in the Bruyeres area, France, on November 12 1944. The regiment was a fighting unit composed almost entirely of American soldiers of Japanese ancestry. In total around 14,000 Japanese-Americans fought in World War II
A candid shot of a German prisoner of war in Weywertz, Belgium. 730,000 Germans were held in Northern Europe by Allied forces in 1944 although that number grew to 6.6million at the end of 1945, according to German estimates
The wartime photographs were colorized by American emergency medical technician Jared Enos, 19, from North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
‘Some of the most famous, inspiring, and harrowing stories come from the Western Front,’ he said.
‘D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, and the heroic men who fought back German forces are all hugely important stories in our history.
‘Lieutenant Colonel Buck Compton of the famous Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division’, wrote Jared Enos on his colored photo. Compton was portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers by actor Neal McDonough
A shell fired by a 88 mm gun explodes on Utah Beach during the landing on June 6, 1944. The target 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast was divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword Beach. Up to 9,000 Germans and some 6,000 Allied forces died during the fighting
Convoys of the 28th Infantry Division are flanked by Frenchmen in the northern city of Colmar after liberation on February 3 1945. Nazi occupation of France formally lasted from May 1940 to December 1944
‘I really wanted to capture the people in this collection, to allow you to glimpse into the past and think, ‘What could have been going through their mind at a moment like this.’
‘I want to take these dusty archival images and humanize those who fought for what they thought was right.’
Jared believes that colorizing the photos helps us to connect with the past.
‘We often take our freedoms and histories for granted, and I really appreciate how much photography like this brings it into perspective,’ he said.
‘I think the photo of Easy Company best highlights this. The men in this photo made great sacrifices, and endured harsh and stressful conditions, all to end up at the residence of what is one of the most infamous people in history.
African American`doughfoots’ of the 92nd Infantry (`Buffalo’) Division pursue the retreating Germans through the Po Valley in Northern Italy. 909,000 black Americans were selected for duty in the Army during World War II however members of the African American 92 Infantry were the only ones that engaged in combat. Most African American conscripts were assigned to segregated construction, supply units or performed more unpleasant duties such as grave registration
Members of the USA’s Easy company celebrate VE Day (May 8, 1945) in Adolf Hitler’s Berchtesgaden residence in Austria. After a short bombing campaign of the town of Obersalzberg, where the house was located, troops seized the residence. Left to right: Major Richard Winters, Captain Lewis Nixon, First Lieutenant Harry Welsh, First Lieutenant Thomas Peacock. Enos could not identity the soldier on the far right
‘When color is applied, it’s easier to get an idea of what they’re feeling, and what they might have been thinking.’
The teenager hopes the color images can help people remember all those who sacrificed their lives for freedom.
‘Remember the heroes who fought in the face of sure defeat, discrimination, and pure exhaustion,’ he said.
‘Remember the great victories that were achieved, and the great losses that were suffered.
‘I think there is some truth to the idea that history repeats itself, and maybe building that bond between ourselves and our past might make us a little warier of it, at the very least.’
Colonel Williams D. Bridges commander of the 5th ESB, kneels before an ornate tomb. The scene takes place in the second temporary cemetery that was established in 1944 on the cliff of Colleville-sur-Mer in eastern Ruquet, according to Enos
The USS LST-388 unloads on a Normandy beach at low tide, 12 June 1944, after D-Day during a resupply operation. A number of barrage balloons or blimps lurk overhead
US Army soldiers use a jeep to move a Very Low Altitude (VLA) antiaircraft balloon during a training exercise in southern England before D-Day, circa May 1944. Blimps were used to defend against dive bombers by blocking their path to fighter jets which in turn forced enemy planes to fly higher which put them in the range of anti-aircraft fire