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20 Amazing Color Images of the First World War

Armistice Day (11 November – dedicated by King George V) is the day in which the nations of the World War I allies remember the brave who died. It is known as Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in some countries. It seems fitting that we should have a list on the topic as our own way to say thank you to the many men and women who gave their lives for the protection of our way of life.

Scottish Prisoners of War

North African Soldiers in France

Operating on a Horse in France

Australian Light Horse Brigade

Australian Soldier Gathers Anemones

French Gun in Northern France

German Field Hospital

Soldier, Woman, and Baby

French in the Frontline Trenches

Haircuts for the Soldiers

Children Amidst the Ruins

No Man’s Land from a Trench

Women in the Factories

Prisoner’s Of War

American Burial Plots

Russian Soldiers

Australian Soldiers Relaxing

Soldiers Cooking

French and British Soldiers

French Navy Gunners

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Sources: Google Images, Heritage of the Great War, and World War I Color Photos

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  • 211. Chup:...while some do look hand coloured... **** Only barely. I hand color a lot of my photographs. I've been doing so for (oh, God!) 30 something years, and I've tried a lot of different methods. The one I use most often, most successfully, gives me the opportunity to either make the photo look like a color photo, using true true to life colors (which would make no sense at all since I can just take them that way in the beginning)or choose any colors I want, make the sky any color I want, make anything anyway I choose. Hand-colored photos, in the early days, had a brightness to them, a perfection of color that simply didn't exist in nature. They were easy to spot because they were too perfect. The colorist would clean people up, tidy their faces and hands. Look at these men, they're dirty. They're filthy! These are beautiful, real color photographs. You're right about Frank Hurley as one of the early color photographers. But there were other methods and other photographers. They don't look like Paget plates to me, but we're both looking at such degenerated photo's it would be impossible to say without a signature or a document. Who cares anyway? They are beautiful. They are here. That, after-all, is what matters.

  • Photo #2 is Autochrome color picture by Jean-Baptiste Tournassoud of North-African soldiers, Oise, France, 1917.

  • Great pictures... My Great-Grandfather fought in WWI... one of the stories that I heard relayed to me by my Grand Mother was that the soldiers would sing back and forth to each other on some nights. During the Christmas that he was in the trenches, they exchanged food, drinks and some pieces of "War Art" with the "enemy". It seems funny when you think about it. War was just something that they were doing, it was not who they were. War today does not do this... it is all or nothing now. After the war, mt Great-Grandfather actually ended up staying in touch with a couple of the german soldiers he met that Christmas and they remained good friends until my G-G-Father died of liver disease in 1949. I will have to post his picture online in a day or so then put the link up here. Thanks for the pictures! Samuel Wright www.samuraimarineblog.com

  • Great pictures! Least we forget... Post # 55: I had the same thought, t. Number 4 does look more like a painting to me, too. And the pants, shirts and caps in # 18 have a much more modern appearance than those in all the other photos, which lead me to believe that it's from WWII or at least a lot later than the First World War.

  • These pictures look pretty fake because of the coloring and the positioning. Number 6 is a painting.

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