Photograph of the Week | 4 June - 10 June
The first week of a new concept HistoryColored is doing: Photograph of the Week. In this series, we will find a colorization which has something to do with the week that it is being posted. For example, if it was Einstein's birthday, we may post a colorized image of him. This week the photograph was colored by the amazing Jordan J. Lloyd.
This incredible photograph was taken on D-Day, the 6th June 1944, by Robert F. Sargent. It shows U.S. Army soldiers disembarking from an LCVP at Omaha Beach as part of the Allied Normandy Landings in the Second World War. Whilst the Allies received more casualties than the Nazis, this event laid down the foundations to the eventual victory on the Western Front.
The title of the photograph "Into the Jaws of Death", came from a famous poem by Alfred Tennyson in 1854 about the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War. The Charge of the Light Brigade which happened at the Battle was a failure due to a miscommunication sending the soldiers into a frontal assault against an artillery battery. The poem emphasises the bravery of the men who continued to follow orders despite the obvious consequences of death.