Colorized World War II

Photo credit: Imperial War Museums via Peta Pixel

Photographers during World War II shot the battle in black-and-white due to the high-cost of color film, but there were a few that managed to slip through the cracks. Many of them can be found in a book published by the Imperial War Museums (IWM), which were captured between 1942 and 1945. Above, we see an Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) ‘spotter’ at a 3.7-inch anti-aircraft gun site in December 1942. Continue reading for more.

Cleaning

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A crew from the 16th/5th Lancers, 6th Armoured Division, clean the gun barrel of their Crusader tank at El Aroussa in Tunisia, May 1943.

Aircrew

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Nurses and convalescent aircrew at Princess Mary�s Royal Air Force Hospital at Halton in Buckinghamshire, August 1943.

Bombers

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Lancaster Bombers nearing completion in Avro�s Assembly Plant at Woodford near Manchester, 1943.

Gun Crew

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A 5.5-inch gun crew from 75th (Shropshire Yeomanry) Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery, in action in Italy, September 1943.

General

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General Dwight D Eisenhower and his senior commanders at Supreme Allied Headquarters in London, February 1944.

Alfred Campin

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Private Alfred Campin of the 6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry during training in Britain, March 1944.

Paratroopers

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British paratroopers prepare for a practice jump from an RAF Dakota based at Down Ampney in Wiltshire, 22 April 1944.

ARP

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An Air Raid Precautions (ARP) warden inspects damaged buildings in Holborn, London.

Fighter Pilot

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The RAF’s top-scoring fighter pilot, Wing Commander James ‘Johnnie’ Johnson, with his Spitfire and pet Labrador ‘Sally’ at Bazenville landing ground, Normandy, July 1944.

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