INCREDIBLE colourised pictures show D-Day troops storming the beaches of Normandy in 1944.
The astonishing snaps capture Allied Forces landing in Nazi-occupied Europe have been transformed into colour to mark the 75th anniversary this week.
Artist Marine Amaral released the striking shots which show US and British troops storming the French beaches on June 5, 1944.
D-Day Invasion glider pilots gather on landing craft and British Airborne Pathfinders at Harwell check their watches in these images, taken on the night of June 5, 1944.
Other vivid colour pictures show Nazi General Erwin Rommel inspecting his defences, a German Panzer VI Tiger I Tank camouflaged in the undergrowth in Villers-Bocage, Normandy and men of the British 22nd Independent Parachute Company, 6th Airborne Division being briefed for the invasion.
The original black and white photographs were painstakingly colourised by electrician Royston Leonard, 55, from Cardiff, Wales, with each snap taking between four and five hours to complete.
Hundreds of veterans will take part in commemorative events throughout the week— including those currently sailing from Dover on board the MV Boudicca to Normandy on a six-day voyage.
More than 250 veterans boarded a ship chartered by the Royal British Legion to set sail across the English Channel ahead of the anniversary on Thursday.
Many of the men who served – now all in their 90s – will return to the beaches 75 years after the historic D-Day.
Today, Theresa May will be joined by the leaders from every country that fought alongside the UK in the Battle of Normandy with the Queen, Prince Charles, members of the Armed Forces and 300 veterans.
Donald Trump will also attend during his state visit to the UK.
May sad she vows “never to forget” those who fell on the Normandy beaches 75 years ago.
She said: “The Normandy landings 75 years ago were a moment of historic international co-operation.
“And it is right that at the heart of today’s commemorations are the veterans who fought to secure the liberty and the peace that we now enjoy.
“The global challenges we face today are different in their origin and nature.
“But as we confront new and evolving threats to our security, it is more important than ever that we continue to stand together in upholding our shared values and way of life.
“That’s why the UK has this week committed our Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers and F-35 fighter jets to support the efforts of Nato forces to preserve the security and collective defence of our allies.
“As I host leaders from around the world today to mark this significant moment in our shared history, we will together reflect on the continued importance of the Western alliance for all our countries’ security and prosperity."
Fearless D-Day veteran parachutes into Normandy on battle's 75-year anniversary
- This Wednesday, on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, a 97-year-old veteran parachuted over Normandy in a stunning recreation of the legendary invasion
- Tom Rice, of San Diego, joined other jumpers commemorating the World War II operation as thousands watched them softly floating through the bright skies
- The American hero, who served with the 101st Airbone, jumped into Normandy with thousands of other parachutists in 1944
- Like many other war heroes, Tom said he remains troubled by the bloody conflict
Troops seen at Saint-Aubin-sur-mer on Juno Beach in Normandy during the D-Day landings of 1944
US Army 4th Infantry Division Troops on Utah Red Beach D-Day Normandy 1944
D-Day 75th anniversary — How the historic battle was fought
June 6, 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy when more than 160,000 servicemen began the push to liberate France.
Ships gathered in the middle of the English Channel at point called Piccadilly Circus before making their way to the Normandy beaches.
Paratroopers land behind enemy lines before the main assault begins with British soldiers tasked with securing the Benouville bridge on the Caen canal with Lieutenant Den Brotheridge leading the charge.
He becomes the first Allied soldier to die in the assault when he is hit in the neck by machine gun fire.
US paratroopers land with the aim of securing the town of Sainte Mere-Eglise, which is on the main road to Cherbourg which is the first French town to be liberated after hours of fighting.
Allied warships start to open fire on the German sea defences with HMS Warspite firing off a broadside which marks the British and Canadian assault on Juno, Sword and Gold Beaches.
US forces land on Utah and Omaha Beeches and come under fire from Nazi troops.
By around midday commandos and troops finally reach the key bridges after heavy fighting to meet up with the paratroopers.
Prime Minister Winston Churchill addresses the House of Commons.
He tells MPs: “During the night and the early hours of this morning the first of the series of landings in force upon the European continent has taken place.”
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