I want remembering Airborne Landings in Normandy using using World War Two Black and White photos that are researched and colourised in detail by Doug and other artists from the 'Colourisehistory Group'. I also have left some photos colourised made by other masters of the colourisation.
- The 82nd and 101st American airborne divisions are to be parachuted in the hours preceding the amphibian offensive, in the western sector of the allied invasion, West and South-west of Utah Beach, located in the Cotentin peninsula.
- The 6th British Airborne Division, under the command of the General Gale, is to be parachuted at the first hours of June 6, 1944, on the Eastern side zone of invasion. The missions of the parachutists are as follows: to capture strategic bridges, German batteries able to obstruct the landing operations, roads, crossroads and key villages of the Orne river area.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower meeting with men from Co. E, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment (Strike) 101st Airborne Division, just before they load up for the drop on Normandy, June 5, 1944. The majority of the men in this photo were killed or wounded in battle a few hours later.
The Final Embarkation: Four 'stick' commanders of 22nd Independent Parachute Company, British 6th Airborne Division, synchronising their watches in front of an Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle of 295 Squadron, No 38 Group, Royal Air Force, at about 23.30 on the 5th of June, just prior to take off from RAF Harwell, Oxfordshire. This pathfinder unit parachuted into Normandy in advance of the rest of the division in order to mark out the landing zones, and these officers, (left to right, - Lieutenants, Bobby de Lautour, Don Wells, John Vischer and Bob Midwood), were among the first Allied troops to land in France.
Pvt. Clarence C. Ware, 438 W. 15th St., San Pedro, Calif., gives a last second touch to Pvt. Charles R. Plaudo, 210 N. James, Minneapolis, Minn., make-up patterned after the American Indians. Somewhere in England
Pvt. Joseph Ross, 'D' company, 2nd Bn, 502nd PIR at Greenham Common Airfield, helps his pal to harness his T5 parachute.
(Via WW2 Colourised Photos)
'Mission Albany': Taking off just after midnight 6th June 1944 over 2000 airborne troops would spearhead the D-Day landings by dropping behind enemy lines 5hrs before the first troops got their boots wet on the Normandy beaches.
Troops from the 101st Airborne with full packs and a bazooka, in a C-47 just before take-off from RAF Upottery Airfield to Normandy, France for "Operation Chicago. 5th June 1944.
US Airborne troops waiting for the green light and jump off on D-Day June 6th, 1944
Lance Corporals A Burton and L Barnett, Corps of Military Police, 6th Airborne Divisional Provost Company, guarding a road junction near Ranville, Normandy on the 9th of June 1944. Horsa gliders can be seen in the field behind.
82nd Airborne - Normandy France 1944
Francs-tireurs and Allied paratroopers reporting on the situation during the Battle of Normandy in 1944. Colorized by Retropotamus.
(Via Pinterest, Colorized by Retropotamus)
Col. Robert "Bull" Wolverton, commander of the 3rd Bn., 506th PIR, 101st Airborne Division is preparing to jump on Saint-Come-du-Mont, Normandy.
Major John Howard, 2nd.Ox and Bucks., attached to the British 6th Airborne Div. and Oberst Hans von Luck, 21st. Panzer Div., were both engaged in the capture and defence of the Caen Canal Bridge at Bénouville (later known as the 'Pegasus' bridge) on D-Day, 6th June 1944.
Glider troops of "D" Company, 2nd Battalion The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, who had been on their way to DZ-W on the 8th or 9th June 1944 to collect supplies, pose for a photograph around a German DKW NZ 350 motorbike in Bénouville, Calvados with a local French girl.
1st Lt. John H. Reeder of RHQ/506th (PIR) Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st US Airborne Division stands by the road sign on the D913 indicating the direction to St. Come du Mont in Normandy, sometime shortly after the 8th June 1944.
82nd Airborne Division soldier Elmer.W. Habbs of Delaware resting next to signpost for the French town of Ste. Mere-Eglise as troops advance on the 2nd day of the Allied invasion of Normandy, 8 June 1944.
(Colourised by Johnny Sirlande)
Clancy Lyall & Edward Joseph "Eddie" Joint " Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division " pose for a photo in july 1944.