EXCLUSIVE: Images showing D-Day preparations in the Meon Valley in colour for the first time

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Nostalgia, D-Day Preparations Colourised

With new technology making it possible for historic black and white photographs to be colourised, the Meon Valley Times has collated and colourised a selection of wartime photographs from the Imperial War Museum’s collection.

We’ve added two further images, expertly coloured by independent artists, and we think together they give a new contemporary visualisation of the preparations for D-Day in the Meon Valley in 1944.

Of course, computer colourisation isn’t perfect and therefore the colour accuracy is mixed (for example, we think the colour of Private Roger Spratt’s uniform is almost certainly way off the mark), however, the photographs do have a vibrancy which brings scenes from 80 years ago to life.

You can click to expand each image.

D-Day colourised
Field Marshal Montgomery talks to CSM Kelly during visit and inspection in Droxford on May 19th 1944
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