These Incredible Color Photographs from WWII Will Amaze You

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Close your eyes and picture the Second World War. No, it may not be a pretty sight, but even if you imagine the homecoming of soldiers or victories of the war, you will see the images in a dull hue or perhaps in black in white. This is because the majority of photos during that era are in black in white.
As if to make the war seem more real, photos from WWII have recently surfaced thanks to the Imperial War Museums in color and they are beautiful!

The British in Athens

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Here we have a few British soldiers standing near a wondrous Greek building in October of 1944. The two soldiers’ names are Sergeant R Gregory and Driver A Hardman. They were visiting the site during a tour called Acropolis in Athens. 

The Dance in Holland

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This picture is a beautiful display that depicts the joy felt by the people who were freed. It took place in Eindhoven, Holland and shows the citizens dancing. The sad part of this picture is that this site was bombed later by the German Air Force.

Women at Work

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At Culford, Suffolk in 1943, Army women are caught sawing larch poles. These poles will be used as props in pits for the Women’s Timber Corps training camp. Who said only men could use a saw?

Utmost Importance

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This one was taken on October 13th, 1944. It pictures HM King George VI and the Commander of the 21st Army Group, Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery. The commander is explaining his plans to the HM. 

The Sad Truth

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The exact date of this photo is unknown, but it is between 1939 and 1945. It depicts a Civil Defence Warden who is inspecting bomb damage in London. Though no lives are shown to be lost in the photo, the truth is hidden in the buildings seen in the background.

Awaiting Descent

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This picture shows British paratroopers who are in training, learning how to jump from the aircraft. They are awaiting their orders to jump from the RAF Dakota at Down Ampney in Wiltshire. Again, this photo was taken in 1944.

Reunited Once Again

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Speaking of RAF. Here we have one of the best fighter pilots of his time, Wing Commander Johnny Johnson. This picture shows a softer side to the soldiers as a moment between Johnny and his Labrador ‘Sally’ is captured. 

Life of a Pilot

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Today, we see the life of a pilot as someone who flies people to vacation destinations. But back in 1944, most pilots were fighter pilots. The one in the picture is named Lieutenant Vernon R Richards as he is seen with his P-51D Mustang nicknamed ‘Tika IV’. 

The Real Thing

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Here, Private Alfred Campin of the Durham Light Infantry is only practicing using his bayonet. He is in training in the picture, but soon after he was sent off to fight like a soldier as he participating in the Second World War.

Other Soldiers

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Not all soldiers in the war wielded guns. Some of them were in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force: WAAF. This group of women was part of RAF and had the very important job of sewing and repairing parachutes for soldiers on the battlefield. 

The Men of Power

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In this photo, we see some very important men. On notable man is General Dwight D Eisenhower who was Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force. Surrounding him are others who were his senior commanders. 

Women in Action

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A common duty for women in the force was that of an ATS spotter. These women would carry binoculars and keep an eye out for anything that may be incoming that the anti-aircraft command post. 

 

Not Your Typical Uniform

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Sometimes, your uniform gets a little hot in the Italy Summer sun. These British gunners are part of the Shropshire Yeomanry. Even while using a 5.5 inch Howitzer in action, they are able to smile for the camera under their camouflage netting.

The Drive to Tunis

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This photo clearly displays Sergeant Elms seated at the top of this tank, surrounded by his crew. They are in El Aroussa where they are cleaning their gun while preparing for the drive to Tunis. 

The War Women

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Probably the most reputable and common jobs given to women in the service was to nurse the injured. Here we have two nurses caring for multiple servicemen out in the garden at Princess Mary’s Royal Air Force Hospital in Buckinghamshire.

The Creation

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You might not think about where the planes used in the Air Force come from. But here we have Avro Lancaster bombers being developed at A V Roe & Co Ltd factory, Woodford, Cheshire in 1943.

What Factory?

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You may not realize that the women made more than just parachutes and uniforms at factories during the war. Here, in 1945, they are seen making shell casings and bullets for the soldiers’ guns.

VE Day Celebration

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Back on May 8th, 1945, there wasn’t much to celebrate as the war wouldn’t end for months in many countries. However, in Cenotaph in Whitehall, residents had a grand celebration as this day marked the end of WWII in Europe.

What a Beauty

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Known as Mary Ruth – Memories of Mobile, this B-17F Flying Fortress was property of the US Eighth Air Force. This picture captures it on a mission to attack the U-boat pens at Lorient in 1943.

This IS Real Life

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It’s not often that WWII tanks are captured in this manner. But in this photo, we see a Churchill Crocodile flamethrower tank lighting up the fields in August 1944.

Clearing the Wreckage

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In this photo, the plaiting of straw to bind cover bundles is done by two French farmers. The wreckage is of a Ju-88 that was shot down by the Canadian Spitfires of Johnny Johnson’s Wing. 

Fixing Her Up

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This may seem like your average plane repair picture, but in reality, it captures local workers helping fitters. They are changing the engine of a Lockheed Hudson in the Gambia. This took place in April of 1943.

Fighting in Style

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These women have beauty, brains, and determination. They are known as the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) and are plotting at the Coastal Artillery Headquarters in Dover in 1942.

A Closer Look

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If you wanted a closer look at that dance in Holland, here it is. This will not only show you the unity and celebration, but the clothing style in Holland at the time. The colors are vibrant and beautiful. 

Better than a Dubbing

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Even in 1944, dubbing took place. Lieutenant General J T Crocker is dubbed Knight Commander of the British Empire by HM King George VI. This was a great honor for all who witnessed the sight.

Stand Together

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Again we have HM King George VI with Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery and Lieutenant General Sir Miles Dempsey. They are visiting General Dempsey’s headquarters, looking noble in their uniforms.

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