D-Day Color Photographs

Gary Hughes

Contributing Member
With the 75th anniversary of D-Day coming up next week (June 7, 1944), these color photographs done by Hollywood director George Stevens are worth a look. Also some great color movies of VJ Day celebration in Honolulu in 1945.


During World War II, famed Hollywood director George Stevens was too old for the draft. But knowing the power of movies to sway the public to support the war effort, he pulled every string to be allowed to enlist until Gen. Eisenhower put him in charge of combat motion picture coverage. When Allied troops beat back the Nazis across Europe, Stevens was there to record it, including filming the D-Day invasion of Normandy from a nearby ship.
But what nobody realized was that as he was filming in black and white for the Army, Stevens was also shooting 16mm color film for himself. That footage remained unknown for decades until his son discovered it in storage after his father's death. It provides a color record of the D-Day invasion and the campaign across Europe that makes it feel as current as Peter Jackson’s recent restored and colorized footage of World War I in the documentary, “They Shall Not Grow Old.”
Click the link to see some of those long-buried color images from World War II that will give you an idea of what those heroic soldiers saw, even though no pictures could possibly convey what they were feeling and experiencing.

Honolulu Victory Parade 1945........

Great film of a Spontaneous Victory Parade in Honolulu in 1945. Take a look at this video-absolutely fabulous! Notice the cars and jeeps, youth. The guys in khaki or gray shirts and black ties are Navy officers or chiefs. The rest are Army or Marine. How young they all were to do what they did. This guy really captured a moment in history! (You can listen to Jimmy Durante singing "I'll be Seeing You" in the background, too.) This is a super video of a time past - we need to remember and be THANKFUL.
Click here for the video: