World War 2 ended 71 years ago today. And the generation that lived through that tumultuous period in world history would forever become known as “The Greatest Generation”. They were indeed great — having to overcome adversity at home and abroad in support of a global war to free the world from the clutches of Hitler’s Third Reich.
Photos of that time period offer a glimpse of what it was like to be alive then. They’re very much like time portals through the eyes of the photographer. But color artist Marina Amaral has taken that a step further. By coloring these photos, she makes the photos burst with life.
Here are 10 stunning examples of her work:
1Times Square, New York City
Crowds reading the news ticker on the D-Day Invasion, Times Square, New York City, June 6, 1944.
2Omaha Beach, D-Day Invasion
Medics from the US 5th and 6th Engineer Special Brigade (ESB) help wounded soldiers on Omaha beach, Fox Green and Easy Red sectors. Survivors of sunken landing craft who reached the beach by using a life raft are recovered by other troops, . June 6th, 1944, D-Day. (Photographer: Pvt. Louis Weintraub, of the 165th Signal Combat Camera Company – US Army Signal Corps – SC190366)
Two soldiers from C Company, 36th Armored Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, take a short break from battle in the war-torn city of Geich, Germany — 1944.
4Juvigny le Tertre, France
Soldiers from the 1st U.S. Infantry Division patrolling the road to deserted Mortain, in the East of the main intersection in the village of Juvigny le Tertre. August 3, 1944.
With the body of a dead comrade before them, Canadian forces advance up a narrow lane in Campochiaro, Italy, Nov. 11, 1943. German forces left the town as the Canadians advanced, leaving nests of snipers to delay the progress.
6Ste Mere-Eglise, France
A blanket covers the body of a US paratrooper killed in action near Ste Mere-Eglise in the days following the Allied invasion of Normandy, aka D-Day. June 6, 1944.
Crew of an ACS M10 (Wolverine) self-propelled gun, 703rd Tank Destroyer Battalion of the 3rd Armored Division, pose in a pit near the French town of Marigny. Activated on 15 December at Camp Polk, Louisiana. Landed in France on 1 July, 1944.
8Raising the Stars and Stripes, Bitche, France
Captain Thomas H. Garahan, ‘Easy’ Company, 2nd Battalion, 398th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division raises the ‘Stars and Stripes’ flag made secretly by a local French girl. The photo was taken by the owner of the photographic shop in Rue Colonel Teyssier in the town of Bitche, in the Moselle department of Lorraine in northeastern France. The 100th ID were later to be known as the “Sons of Bitche” after the liberation in March 16 1945.
9Wöbbelin Concentration Camp
At the German concentration camp at Wobbelin, many inmates were found by the U.S. Ninth Army in pitiful condition. Here one of them breaks out in tears when he finds he is not leaving with the first group to the hospital — 1945.