D-Day – A Very Bloody Day in History

Day 30 of Colourisation Project – June 6

Challenge: to publish daily a colourised photo that has some significance around the day of publication.

June 6, 1944 goes down as a very bloody day in history. Today as we commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, let’s not forget that June 6th also marks the day that the following took place; the Lebanon War started in 1982, the Battle of Long Khan in Vietnam started in 1971, Robert F Kennedy was assassinated in 1968, The Battle of Belleau Wood in 1918, the Battle of Memphis in 1862…and so on. In war there are no winners.

Today, World War II veterans and world leaders will gather on the beaches of France to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. This military action by the Allied Forces in Normandy was the largest seaborne invasion in history. It changed the course of World War II and ended the War in Europe. 


Photographer: Weintraub 6th June, 1944 – Coloured by Loredana Crupi

Today’s photo for colourisation shows members of the landing party, whose landing craft had been sunk by enemy action off the coast of France, helping injured soldiers to safety on Utah Beach. Utah Beach was the code name for the right flank, or westernmost, of the Allied landing beaches during the D-Day invasion of Normandy.


“It was unknowable then, but so much of the progress that would define the 20th century, on both sides of the Atlantic, came down to the battle for a slice of beach only 6 miles long and 2 miles wide.” — President Obama in Normandy to mark the 65th anniversary, June 2009

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