The First World War in Colour by Peter WaltherThe colours of catastrophe: Rediscovered autochrome photography of the First World War The devastating events of the First World War were captured in myriad photographs on all sides of the front. Since then, thousands of books of black-and-white photographs of the war have been published as all nations endeavour to comprehend the scale and the carnage of the greatest catastrophe of the 20th century. Far less familiar are the rare colour images of the First World War, taken at the time by a small group of photographers pioneering recently developed autochrome technology. To mark the centenary of the outbreak of war, this groundbreaking volume brings together all of these remarkable, fully hued pictures of the war to end war. Assembled from archives in Europe, the United States and Australia, more than 320 colour photos provide unprecedented access to the most important developments of the period - from the mobilization of 1914 to the victory celebrations in Paris, London and New York in 1919. The volume represents the work of each of the major autochrome pioneers of the period, including Paul Castelnau, Fernand Cuville, Jules Gervais-Courtellemont, Leon Gimpel, Hans Hildenbrand, Frank Hurley, Jean-Baptiste Tournassoud and Charles C. Zoller. Since the autochrome process required a relatively long exposure time, almost all of the photos depict carefully composed scenes, behind the rapid front-line action. We see poignant group portraits, soldiers preparing for battle, cities ravaged by military bombardment - daily human existence and the devastating consequences on the front. A century on, this unprecedented publication brings a startling human reality to one of the most momentous upheavals in history.
These amazing colorized photographs bring World War I to life
The Open University transformed the black-and-white snaps taken in the trenches into full colour images - the results are simply stunning. These rare, restored photographs from World War One could be the most heart-wrenching record of life during those dark years. The Open University transformed the black-and-white snaps taken in the trenches and elsewhere into full colour images. The first image shows soldiers emerging from their trench to attack the German front line in They were most likely killed shortly afterwards.
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Incredible images show British soldiers at a captured trench pointing at a sign that says 'old hun line', Indian cavalry after their charge at the Somme in , and an Irish soldier in a trench as Mesopotamia. Other striking shots show Canadian soldiers in the Battle of Amiens in , the second wave of Russian troops waiting to go over the top in Ukraine in and the Lancashire Fusiliers on a boat at Gallipoli in The original black and white photographs were painstakingly colourised by Welsh electrician Royston Leonard 56 , from Cardiff.
The First World War has been remembered in a series of stunning colourised images from the global conflict. New iconic pictures, which include a British soldier helping a wounded German prisoner, have been released to mark the end of the hostilities a century ago. The original black and white photographs were painstakingly colourised by Tom Marshall from PhotograFix, who wanted to highlight lesser known stories and events. Images also included King George V sitting next to an army commander, in Thiepval, France on the site where Thiepval Chateau once stood, a soldier receiving a haircut from an Alpine barber on the Albanian front and a group of Irish soldiers recuperating with nurses in Mr Marshall said he wanted to colourise the images in tribute to the men and women who lived through the war, and those who lost their lives. An estimated nine million combatants and seven million civilians died as a direct result of World War I, which lasted from 28 July to 11 November
The photographs were brought into vivid colour by Royston Leonard, a year-old electrician from Cardiff, whose own grandfather served on the Western Front. Between and , there were several offences along the front that saw massive artillery bombardments and infantry advances. Entrenchments, machine gun emplacements, barbed wire and artillery inflicted severe casualties during the attacks and few significant advances were made. The most costly of these were the Battle of Verdun in which saw an estimated combined casualties of ,, the Battle of the Somme in the same year with more than an estimated million casualties, and the Battle of Passchendaele with , estimated casualties. To break the deadlock that occurred in trench warfare, both sides employed new military technology such as poison gas, aircraft and tanks. We pay for your stories!