Artist brings new life to these WWII photographs through color

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GIs of C Company, 36th Armored Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division at Geich (de), Germany, 11 December 1944. (Courtesy Marina Amaral)

WASHINGTON — Breathing new life into historical images, Brazilian digital artist Marina Amaral combined her passion for history and Photoshop by restoring and colorizing black and white photographs.

As a digital colorist, Amaral found that “color has the power to bring life back to the most important moments.”

Below is a selection of Amaral’s stunning work, to see more, please connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

All photographs are published with permission by Marina Amaral.

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US military policemen read about the German surrender in the newspaper Stars and Stripes on the 8th of May 1945. (Courtesy of Marina Amaral)

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Medics from the US 5th and 6th Engineer Special Brigade (ESB) help wounded soldiers on Omaha beach, Fox Green and Easy Red sectors. Survivors of sunken landing craft who reached the beach by using a life raft are recovered by other troops, . June 6th, 1944, D-Day. (Courtesy of Marina Amaral)

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Captain Thomas H. Garahan, ‘Easy’ Company, 2nd Battalion, 398th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division raises the ‘Stars and Stripes’ flag made secretly by a local French girl. (Courtesy of Marina Amaral)

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Viewed through the window of a wrecked building, a Marine gun crew set up behind abandoned enemy truck, fires at Japanese hiding in the debris of the town of Garapan, administrative center of Saipan. June, 1944. (Courtesy of Marina Amaral)

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GIs of C Company, 36th Armored Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division at Geich (de), Germany, 11 December 1944. (Courtesy of Marina Amaral)

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Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, February 23, 1945. (Courtesy of Marina Amaral)

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Over the body of a dead comrade, Canadian infantrymen advance cautiously up a narrow lane in Campochiaro, Italy, on Nov. 11, 1943. The Germans left the town as the Canadians advanced, leaving only nests of snipers to delay the progress. (Courtesy of Marina Amaral)

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German paratroopers wave to a Ju-87 dive bomber, May 1940. (Courtesy of Marina Amaral)

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In the dark early days of the Second World War Churchill attacked with words instead. The speeches he delivered then are among the most powerful ever given in the English language. As journalist Beverly Nichols wrote, ‘He took the English language and sent it into battle.’ (Courtesy of Marina Amaral)

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A group of pilots of No 303 Polish Fighter Squadron RAF walking toward the camera from a Hawker Hurricane after, purportedly, returning from a fighter sortie. (Courtesy of Marina Amaral)

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A German soldier holds his arms up in surrender to a Soviet soldier who has his rifle trained on him during the Battle of Moscow. Near Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union. 1 December 1941. (Courtesy of Marina Amaral)

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At least 3000 Indian soldiers were organized into an armed brigade under the German Wehrmacht in 1942 and they were known as the Free Indian Legion (Legion Freies Indien). (Courtesy of Marina Amaral)

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Dumpu, New Guinea, 7 October 1943. Members of the 2/2nd Australian Independent Company on their return to camp after a twelve-day patrol in the Ramu Valley. (Courtesy of Marina Amaral)

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Filthy Thirteen member Clarence Ware applies war paint to Charles Plaudo. England, 31 December 1943. (Courtesy of Marina Amaral)

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People at Times Square in New York City are seen reading a news ticker about D-Day (Normandy landings), the largest seaborne invasion in history. (Courtesy of Marina Amaral)

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U.S. soldiers of the 1st US Inf. Div. accompanied by a jeep patrolling the deserted road to Mortain to the east of the intersection main in the village of Tertre Juvigny towards Mortain., August 3, 1944. (Courtesy of Marina Amaral)

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Home Army soldiers Henryk Ożarek “Henio” (left) holding a Vis pistol and Tadeusz Przybyszewski “Roma” (right) firing a Błyskawica submachine gun, from “Anna” Company of the “Gustaw” Battalion fighting on Kredytowa-Królewska Street, 3 October 1944. (Courtesy of Marina Amaral)

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Marine identified as Sgt Angelo Klonis smoking a cigarette during the final days of fighting to gain control of the island of Saipan from occupying Japanese forces during WWII, 1944. (Courtesy of Marina Amaral)

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An unidentified American soldier, shot dead by a German sniper, clutches his rifle and hand grenade in March of 1945 in Coblenz, Germany. (Courtesy of Marina Amaral)

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Private First Class Angelo B. Reina, of Utica, New York, Company A, 391st Infantry Regiment., guards a lonely Oahu beach position. Kahuku, Oahu Hawaii, March 1945. (Courtesy of Marina Amaral)

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Patton during a welcome home parade in Los Angeles, June 9, 1945. (Courtesy of Marina Amaral)

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American troops prepare Nazi Major General Anton Dostler for execution for killing 15 OSS men, Italy, 1945. (Courtesy of Marina Amaral)

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Hiroshima after the bombing, 1945. (Courtesy of Marina Amaral)

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