D-Day in Color: Colorized Images of the Allied Landing on D-Day

April 25, 2024

Members of the Filthy Thirteen section of the 101st Airborne on June 5, 1944

On June 6, 1944, Allied forces launched a pivotal assault on the beaches of Normandy, France, in what would become known as D-Day. This coordinated effort, meticulously planned and executed, aimed to establish a crucial foothold in Nazi-occupied Europe. The images presented in this slideshow, painstakingly colorized, offer a fresh perspective on this historic moment. Through these vibrant photographs, viewers can immerse themselves in the chaos and courage of that fateful day, gaining a deeper understanding of the sacrifices made and the monumental stakes involved in this pivotal campaign of World War II.

Marina Amaral

Comprised of the 1st Demolition Section of the Regimental Headquarters Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, this ragtag group earned their moniker for their unorthodox tactics and gritty resilience (and allegedly their refusal to bathe).

As the Normandy Invasion of Europe unfolded in June 1944, the Filthy Thirteen found themselves at the forefront of the action, airdropped alongside the 3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, tasked with a pivotal mission: secure or destroy the bridges over the Douve River. Despite facing staggering odds and sustaining heavy losses—half of their number either killed, wounded, or captured on the jump—the remaining soldiers, under the leadership of McNiece, pressed on undaunted. With steely determination, they accomplished their mission, exhibiting a blend of courage and resourcefulness that defied convention. However, amidst the fog of war and the absence of communication with the 3rd Battalion, higher-ups mistakenly believed the mission had failed, leading to an ill-fated bombing of the bridges by the Air Force. Undeterred, the Filthy Thirteen pressed forward, their indomitable spirit undimmed. In a testament to their valor, they also played a pivotal role in the capture of Carentan, cementing their place in history as a symbol of defiance and determination amidst the turmoil of war.

The Success of D-Day Created A Second Front Against Germany


Operation Overlord, the audacious Allied plan to open a second front against Germany, represented a pivotal turning point in the tumultuous theater of World War II. Conceived amidst the crucible of global conflict, the operation emerged as a strategic imperative, borne of the pressing need to hasten the defeat of Nazi Germany and secure the liberation of Europe from the shackles of tyranny. From the war rooms of Washington to the corridors of power in London, the vision of a vast amphibious invasion taking root on the shores of Normandy took shape, driven by the imperative to relieve pressure on the embattled Soviet Union in the east and weaken Germany's stranglehold on western Europe. With meticulous planning and unwavering resolve, the Allied forces marshaled their resources and honed their strategy, intent on seizing a decisive advantage in the struggle for supremacy. Forging ahead with unyielding determination, Operation Overlord sought not merely to shift the tides of war, but to alter the course of history itself, laying the groundwork for a new dawn of freedom and liberation in the heart of the Old World.