Photos Colour and Colourised Photos of WW2 & earlier conflicts

There are people out there who make a really great job of colorising these old photos, never tried it myself but I would imagine it takes a fair bit of patience and skill.
Tiger 1 summer 1943 Kursk

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M4A2, Sherman Mk III “Cameo” (T146946) tank crew of 2nd Troop, ‘C’ Squadron, 13th-18th Royal Hussars, 27th Armoured Brigade rest and write letters home by the side of their vehicle, Normandy, 10 June 1944.


Local girls giving apples to a Sherman crew outside of a Bakery in Aalst, Holland. 18 September, 1944,


M4A4 Sherman tank No. 21 (possibly S/Nº. T152656 named “Bomb”) of the Sherbrooke Fusiliers Regiment ( 27th Armoured Regiment ), 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade (Independent ) covers soldiers of the Fusiliers Mont-Royal, 2nd Canadian Infantry Division in Rue des Ursulines in Falaise, Lower Normandy. August 17, 1944.


A Sherman tank of 'B' Squadron, Warwickshire Yeomanry, 9th Armoured Brigade passing Indian infantry in Frisa, Italy, 14th December 1943.


Irish Guards and the crew of an M4 Sherman tank outside of a Texaco Garage in Aalst, Holland. 18 September, 1944,

Men of the 328th Infantry Regiment, US 26th Infantry Division riding on an M8 ‘Greyhound’ light armored car of the 735th Tank Battalion near Neustadt, Germany. April 5 1945


‘Blazing German Convoy’ A Soldier of the 311th Infantry Regiment, 78th Infantry Division, 1st US Army, uses a burning German convoy for shelter as he draws a bead on enemy in the woods near Honnef, Germany. March 1945


Cleveland-class Light Cruiser, ‘USS Santa Fe’ CL-60 pulls alongside Essex-class Aircraft Carrier, ‘USS Franklin’ CV-13 as it lists towards its starboard side after suffering two direct hits from a pair of armour piercing bombs, dropped by a lone Japanese plane. Near Okinawa. 19th March, 1945.


B-17F-25-BO “Harry the Horse” S/Nº 41-24548 Field Nº 167 Tadji Airfield, West Sepik Province Papua New Guinea. May 1944


Men of 12 Platoon, ‘B’ Company, 6th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers, 15th (Scottish) Division, take cover in Saint-Manvieu-Norrey in Calvados, during ‘Operation Epsom’, 26 June 1944.


American Journalist and War Correspondent, Ernie Pyle (centre) converses with the crew of a Sherman tank belonging to 191st Tank Battalion at the Anzio Beachhead in 1944.
The whole colorized video. Mostly German forces near Stalingrad. The song is Soviet, titled I was killed near Rzhev.

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Panzerkampfwagen Pz. IV Ausf. J, tactical number 6×5, from 6./SS-Pz.Rgt.2, knocked out by the 2nd Battalion/US 117th Infantry Regiment of the 30th Infantry Division on the outskirts of St. Fromond, Normandy, 9th July 1944.


Sherman Firefly Vc T212680 ‘Belvedere’ of “B” Squadron, Staffordshire Yeomanry, 27th Armoured Brigade, along with other armour and infantry prior to the commencement of ‘Operation Goodwood’ on the morning of 18th July, 1944.


British armoured vehicle crewmen rest during the liberation of France


M4A3 (76mm) Sherman tank of the 31st Tank Battalion, 7th Armored Division knocked out during the fighting for Oberkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. 5th April 1945


A patrol of the 1st Infantry Division on the road to Avranches.


A Sherman IIA tank of 'The Queen's Bays' (2nd Dragoon Guards), 2nd Armoured Brigade, 1st Armoured Division crossing the River Rabbi at San Martino in Strada, Italy. November 9 1944. On the rear hull, behind the baggage and camouflage, the white '40' on a red square of the senior regiment. The system of Roman numerals and letters can also be seen on the tanks of the other regiments of this brigade.


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Battle of Tarawa, the photos were restored by colouriser Royston Leonard, from Cardiff

A captured Japanese soldier is surrounded by American troops


Cpl Robert E Voorhees standing while carrying supplies during the Battle of Tarawa at Red Beach, Bieto, Tarawa. A number of other US troops lay on the beach as others sit and chat.


A group of fighters, led by a Marine with a wounded hand, charging from the shore around opened barbed-wire entanglement to battle firmly entrenched Japanese in pillboxes on Tarawa.


US Marines try to advance against Japanese positions during the invasion of Tarawa in late November 1943.


Moving off the ramp of a Coast Guard-manned landing craft, Marines move ashore onto Tarawa
Battle of Tarawa, the photos were restored by colouriser Royston Leonard, from Cardiff


US Marines wading through surf from landing boats and barges to the beach during the invasion of Tarawa. The US laid siege to the Tarawa Atoll between November 20 and November 23, and was America's first offensive in the Pacific region




US Marine Corps assault party storm a Japanese stronghold on top of a mound. Japanese forces fought until the last man, with just one officer and 16 troops of the 3,500 plus enlisted men surrendering


Marines alongside an LVT-1 Alligator on Tarawa.


165th Infantry assault wave attacking Butaritari, Yellow Beach Two, find it slow going in the coral bottom waters. Japanese machine gun fire from the right flank makes it more difficult for them. The US paid a heavy price for their victory in Tarawa, with more than 1,000 killed and a further 2,000 wounded.
Colourisation by Royston Leonard, from Cardiff, Wales,

1945: Marines torch a Japanese defensive in Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi by using flamethrowers.


March 13, 1944: An Avenger aircraft from the squadron VT-26, after engine failure and a catapult mishap on board the aircraft carrier USS Bataan CVE-29


Wounded troops lying on stretchers aboard a lighter in Munda Point, New Georgia.


1945: While a patrol moves in from the rear, two United States Marines cover a Japanese sniper hiding in a church, below Shuri Castle on Okinawa


February 1945: US 1st Cavalry Division crossing the Pasig River, Manila, Philippines


August 1945: Survivors of USS Indianapolis en route to hospital after being rescued.
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Colourisation by Royston Leonard, from Cardiff, Wales

February 1943: U.S. Army soldiers on Bougainville, an island in Papua New Guinea, taking cover behind an M4 Sherman tank


September 1945: Spectators from all over the world pick vantage positions on the deck of the USS Missouri, in Tokyo Bay, to watch the Japanese surrender ceremony marking the end of World War II
Colourisation by Jared Enos from North Kingstown in Rhode Island

US Marines in a shell hole on the Japanese island of Saipan in June 1944


Private First Class, Rez P Hester sleeps in a fox hole while Butch, his war dog stands guard on Iwo Jima



Japanese soldiers crossing a river


M4A3R3 Sherman tank - nicknamed the 'Zippo' by troops goes into action in Iwo Jima in March 1945


A marine advances towards a Japanese pillbox with a flamethrower - one of the most dangerous weapons of the war
Colourisation by Jared Enos from North Kingstown in Rhode Island

A wounded marine is carried to safety in Tarawa in November 1943


A marine observes the explosions as shells pound a Japanese position on the island of Iwo Jima in February-March 1945


PBY-5 Catalina flying boat was flying in formation above an undisclosed location when it was photographed


In this image, Enos colored a flag on Mount Suribachui on Iwo Jima, which was taken several days after an iconic photo
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Colourisation by Royston Leonard from Cardiff, Wales


Marines Gunnery Sergeant J. Paget, Privates L.C. Whether and V.A. Sot fire on a nest of Japanese snipers in Guam in 1944


Marines from the H Battery, 3rd Battalion set up artillery in the Solomon Islands just off Blue Beach 2


A camouflaged Japanese bomber destroyed during a low-level attack in Papua New Guinea in 1942/43


A wave of Alligator landing vehicles head toward defenses on Peleliu in September 1944


Marines firing mortar shells in the Solomon Islands
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Colourisation by Royston Leonard from Cardiff, Wales


M4 Sherman of 'A' Company 763rd Tank Battalion and troops from the 96th Infantry Division in battle at Okinawa, April 1945


US soldier uses an M2 flamethrower on a Japanese position in Manila at the close of World War II in 1945


US marine sitting on Japanese ammunition boxes takes aim using his M1 Garand at Iwo Jima in 1945


US Marines William A. McCoy and Ralph L. Plunkett hold a sign saluting the Coast Guard contribution after the Japanese forces were defeated on Guam in 1944


Tanks of the 603rd supporting the 162nd Infanty Regiment in Hollandia, New Guinea in April 1944


US Marines hit the beach from their Alligators while under heavy fire from enemy Japanese positions during the beginning of the Battle of Peleliu in 1944


US Navy Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless of bombing squadron VB-8 on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8) during the Battle of Midway in 1942
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Colourisation by Royston Leonard from Cardiff, Wales


Troops of the 165th infantry on Butaritari Beach, Makin Atoll in November 1943.


US First Marines Division at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, Bismarck Archipelago, late December 1943


Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment during fighting at Wana Ridge during the Battle of Okinawa, May 1945


US Marines on the beach of Namur Islet, Kwajalein Atoll, the first of the Marshall Islands to be taken from Japan in January–February 1944


Private First Class N. E. Carling stands beside the American M4 Sherman medium tank 'Killer' on Kwajalein Atoll


US troops driving a tank through a dense jungle landscape
Colourisation by Royston Leonard from Cardiff, Wales


Wounded US paratroopers are helped by fellow soldiers to a medical evacuation helicopter on October 5, 1965, during the Vietnam War. Paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade's First Battalion suffered many casualties in the clash with Viet Cong guerrillas in the jungle of South Vietnam's D Zone, 25 miles Northeast of Saigon


US riflemen from the 173rd Airborne Brigade charge toward Viet Cong positions during the Vietnam War, March 21, 1967


US Army helicopters providing support for US ground troops fly into a staging area fifty miles northeast of Saigon, Vietnam, August 28, 1966. Helicopter fuel is stored in the large rubber tanks, foreground


Women and children crouch in a muddy canal as they take cover from intense Viet Cong fire at Bao Tai, about 20 miles west of Saigon, Vietnam


Soldiers Laying Down Covering Fire with a M60 machinegun - Vietnam 1966.
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