The horrors of war brought to life 70 years on: Extraordinary colorized photographs show US Marines fighting in Japan during the Second World War The brutal reality of life on the frontline in the Pacific War has been brought to light in a stunning set of colorized pictures. The eye-popping images show US Marines engaging in battle in Japan, wounded Marines waiting for help and war dog standing guard as a Marine takes quick respite from the battle that raged around him. Another shot show two US Marines look over Iwo Jima from atop Mt. Suribachui, where, just two days before, the American flag was famously risen. +10 These are the amazing recolorized photographs of US Marines in a shell hole on the Japanese island of Saipan in June 1944 +10 Here, Private First Class, Rez P Hester sleeps in a fox hole while Butch, his war dog stands guard on Iwo Jima +10 The photographs have been colored by Jared Enos, 19, from North Kingstown on Rhode Island The spectacular set was brought back to life by emergency medical technician Jared Enos, 19, from North Kingstown in Rhode Island. He said: 'There are two theaters in World War II that are known particularly for their carnage: The eastern front in Europe, and the Pacific theater. 'While quality photos of the eastern front are sparse, the United States Marine Corps has a respectable collection of images documenting some of the bloodiest battle the United States fought in World War II (namely, Okinawa and Iwo Jima). 'In that context, I find a lot of these images moving, considering what the men who've been photographed might have experienced.' +10 The technique used by Enos allows modern audiences to appreciate the sacrifices made by those fighting in 1945 +10 Here the Marine M4A3R3 Sherman tank - nicknamed the 'Zippo' by troops goes into action in Iwo Jima in March 1945 +10 Here, a marine advances towards a Japanese pillbox with a flamethrower - one of the most dangerous weapons of the war The US entered World War II after a surprise military strike on Pearl Harbor naval base by Japan. Jared said: 'This collection was a focused effort. These images really struck me like few others have since I started colorizing. 'Knowing that the men in these photos had to fight tooth and nail for these tiny Pacific islands, and considering the infamy of these bloody conflicts makes the connection all the stronger. 'These photos are the real deal, not staged photos to keep morale up on the home front. 'In this collection we see the US Marines in the thick of it. We see them in some of the direst circumstances imaginable. 'Ultimately, I want emphasize just how simultaneously terrible and inspiring the war was.' +10 A wounded marine was carried to safety in Tarawa in November 1943, almost two years before the beginning of the war +10 A marine observes the explosions as shells pound a Japanese position on the island of Iwo Jima in February-March 1945 +10 This PBY-5 Catalina flying boat was flying in formation above an undisclosed location when it was photographed +10 In this image, Enos colored a flag on Mount Suribachui on Iwo Jima, which was taken several days after an iconic photo More than 6,500 US servicemen died in the battle at Iwo Jima, a tiny island 660 miles south of Tokyo that was deemed vital to the US war effort because Japanese fighter planes based there were intercepting American bomber planes. The invasion began on February 19, 1945, with about 70,000 Marines battling 18,000 Japanese soldiers for 36 days. Besides those killed, about 20,000 Americans were wounded. Only about 200 Japanese soldiers were captured, with the others killed in the fighting. This was followed by the Battle of Saipan between June and July 1945, when almost 30,000 Japanese troops were killed, with some 22,000 civilians dying - many of whom took their own lives. Of the 71,000 US troops who landed on the beaches, more than 3,400 died with a further 13,000 wounded. The frenzied nature of the defense convinced US commanders that an invasion of the Japanese mainland would cost many lives, so the decision was made to drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6 and then a second weapon on Nagasaki, three days later. The two atomic attacks, which shocked the world, prompted the Japanese to surrender. However, more than 140,000 people died in the attacks.