One of the most heartbreaking photos from World War II is colored alongside a series of images from the Pacific Theater.
The photo shows US Marine Colonel Francis Fenton who led the funeral of his son Private First Class Mike Fenton in May 1945, near Shuri, Okinawa.
The two met briefly during the bloody Battle of Okinawa in Japan and exchanged news. A few days later, Mike, 19, was killed in a Japanese counterattack.
After burying his son, Colonel Fenton stared at the corpses of other dead soldiers and said: & Those poor souls. They didn't have their fathers here & # 39 ;.
Other captivating shots in the collection include American Marines who have been wounded in a row of duties receiving urgent medical attention, a Japanese soldier who surrenders after evading imprisonment for days, and a troop of soldiers looking after an orphaned child by the brutal fighting.
The photos are colored by electrician Royston Leonard, 55, from Cardiff, Wales, who works on each individual photo for up to five hours. He believes that pictures & # 39; s & # 39; give more & # 39; if they are in color.
The Battle of Okinawa pays a lot of attention to the collection. In Okinawa alone, during 82 days of fighting, about 100,000 Japanese troops and 12,510 Americans were killed, and somewhere between 42,000 and 150,000 residents of Okinawa also died.
One of the most heartbreaking photographs of World War II shows US Marine Colonel Francis Fenton (kneeling) the funeral of his son Private First Class Mike Fenton, near Shuri, Okinawa, May 1945. Father and son met once during the fighting when their paths crossed a partially destroyed farm in Okinawa. After exchanging news, the two family members returned to work. They would never talk again. On May 7, 1945, while beating a Japanese counterattack, the younger Fenton (19) was killed. When his father received the bitter news, he traveled to the place of his son's death and knelt down to pray for the flag-taped body. When he got up, Colonel Fenton stared at the bodies of other marine deaths and said: & Those poor souls. They didn't have their fathers here & # 39;
American soldiers together with the rescued Japanese child in Saipan, July 1944. In the photo – the baby, reportedly found by soldiers of the 27th division in the arms of his deceased mother, is taken by a tank crew. The Battle of Saipan was a battle in the Pacific campaign of World War II, fought off the island of Saipan in the Mariana Islands from June 15 to July 9, 1944. The US 2nd Marine Division, 4th Marine Division and the 27th Infantry Division of the army defeated the 43rd Infantry Division of the Japanese Imperial Army, commanded by Lieutenant General Yoshitsugu Saito
A Californian National Guardsman waves methodically to mines for heavily damaged tanks. The California Army National Guard played an important role in World War II. One of the most illustrious California military units, the 40th Infantry Division, fought against the Japanese emperor in the Pacific. CA National Guard units were also on the European battlefield. The 144th Field Artillery Group and the 159th Infantry Regiment both fought in one of the most notorious battles of the war, the Battle of the Bulge
With his hands in the air, the first of 20 Japanese soldiers appears from a cave on Iwo Jima, on April 5, 1945. The group had been hiding for a few days. The Battle of Iwo Jima from February 19 to March 26 was a major battle in which the Marine Corps of the United States landed and eventually captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese Imperial Army. The American invasion had the objective of conquering the entire island and thus offering a meeting place for attacks on the Japanese islands. This five-week battle included some of the fiercest and bloodiest battles in the Pacific War of World War II. It has been estimated that as many as 3000 soldiers have resisted in the various cave systems after the battle
July 1944: troops and vehicles en route for the invasion of Cape Sansapor, New Guinea. The Battle of Sansapor was an amphibious landing and military operation around Sansapor, Dutch New Guinea on the Vogelkop peninsula. All landings turned out to be unhindered and it was only on August 16 that parts of the Japanese 35th Division reached the area of the landings. 155 Japanese soldiers were killed and 42 were taken prisoner on 31 August. The American regiment only lost three men with four wounded. The 1st Infantry, on the western flank, killed 197 Japanese and captured 154, while losing only four men
Tanks on Okinawa work with the 96th Infantry Division on April 1, 1945. The fight was horrific but paved the way for an allied victory in the region. The Battle of Okinawa was a major battle in the Pacific War on the island of Okinawa in Japan by the forces of the United States and the Japanese army. The first invasion of Okinawa on April 1, 1945 was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific Theater of the War. The battle is referred to as the & # 39; steel typhoon & # 39; because of the cruelty of the fighting, the intensity of Japanese kamikaze attacks and the huge numbers of allied ships and armored vehicles that attacked the island
The Battle of Okinawa in April-June 1945. US Marines in coverage while a Bazooka operator is looking for a target. Okinawa was the bloodiest battle in the Pacific war. The most complete picture of deaths during the battle is at the Cornerstone of Peace monument at the Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum in Okinawa, which identifies the names of every person who died in Okinawa during World War II. From 2010, the monument contains 240,931 names, including 149,193 Okinawan civilians, 77,166 Japanese imperial soldiers, 14,009 American soldiers and 365 from South Korea, 82 from the United Kingdom, 82 from North Korea and 34 from Taiwan
Wounded US Marines are being treated at an aid post on Iwo Jima, 1945. Despite the bloody battles and the serious losses on both sides, the American victory was assured from the start. Stunning American superiority in numbers and poor as well as full air domination gave them a certain victory. This was further due to the inability of a Japanese retreat or further reinforcement, along with thin food and supplies. But although ultimately victorious, the American victory over Iwo Jima had a terrible prize. According to the official website of the Navy Department Library: & # 39; The 36-day (Iwo Jima) attack resulted in more than 26,000 US casualties, including 6,800 deaths & # 39;
Wounded prisoners surrounded by American troops. During the Second World War, it is estimated that between 19,500 and 50,000 members of the imperial Japanese army surrendered to Western allied forces. Soviet troops seized more than half a million Japanese troops and civilians imprisoned in China and other places. The number of Japanese soldiers, sailors, marines and pilots who surrendered was limited by the Japanese army that indoctrinated its personnel to fight to the death. Allies were often unwilling to take prisoners, and many Japanese soldiers believed that those who surrendered would be killed by their abductors
African American Marines, affiliated with the Third Ammunition Company, take the time not to offer ammunition to the front line on Saipan. Riding bicycles is Pfc. Horace Boykin; and from left to right, Cpl. Willis T. Anthony, Pfc. Emmitt Shackelford and Pfc. Eugene Purdy. June 1944. The Battle of Saipan was the first time black American Marines saw action in World War II. There were 125,000 African Americans who were overseas in World War II. A total of 708 African-Americans were killed in battle during the Second World War
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