Photos Colour and Colourised Photos of WW2 & earlier conflicts

View on deck of USS Monitor looking forward on the starboard side, while the ship was in the James River, Virginia, 9 July 1862. The turret, with the muzzle of one of Monitor's two XI-inch Dahlgren smoothbore guns showing, is at left. Note dents in turret armor from hits by Confederate heavy guns and crewmembers atop the turret. (U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command Photograph)
Heavy Cruiser Fiume

Spica-class torpedo boat flotilla. Seen from the moored ship they are heading out to sea.

Battleship Roma

Battleship Vittorio Veneto

Battleship Littorio

and Giulio Cesare during the Battle of Cape Spartivento.
The Crimean war, 1854-1856.

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Men of the 72nd Regiment ( Duke of Albany's own Highlanders)
William Noble,Alexander Davison and John Harper.

photosource © IWM (Q 71648)
Photographers- Cundall,Joseph,Howlett,Robert
Royal Archives, Windsor Collection.
July 1856.

Colourised by Royston Leonard
very close to my family tartan - Duncan clan
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Fokker E.II/35 from Feldflieger Abteilung 14 preparing to land at an airfield somewhere on the Eastern Front.

The E.II was built in parallel with the E.I and the choice of whether an airframe became an E.I or E.II depended on the availability of engines. In total, Fokker production figures state that 49 E.IIs were built and 45 of these had been delivered to the Western Front Fliegertruppe by December 1915. These figures mean that E.II 35/15 was one of the very few E.IIs that saw action on the Eastern Front.
Photograph: Schilling & Co. Nachfl., Königsberg Pr., Paradeplatz 6 (Color by Anthony Malesys‎).
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In the early hours of the 22nd April, the remains of Manfred von Richthofen and his 'Red' Fokker Triplane were retrieved from the landing site and bought to the aerodrome of No. 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps.

"The famous German airman was shot down and crashed in the Australian lines whilst flying very near to the ground on the tail of a British scout. Only one bullet - believed to be from a Lewis gun attached to a Battery of the Australian Field Artillery - was found in his body. Left to right: Lieutenant (Lt) C. W. Gray, observer; Lt F. J. Mart, observer; Lt N. Mulroney, pilot; Lt O. G. Witcomb, observer; Lt T. L. Baillieu, pilot (later awarded DFC); Lt R. W. Kirkwood, observer; Lt A. L. D. Taylor, observer (Killed in action 20 May 1918); Private L. H. Reid, storeman (behind); Lt M. Sheehan, pilot."
(Extract from the Australian War Memorial site

Site is apparently albums of pics taken by German SS photographers on the Eastern & Western fronts during their advance and retreat. The photos are MOSTLY COMBAT and BATTLEFIELD CONDITIONS from both fronts.....thousands of photos in albums by photographers last, first name and then quantity of pics per album! AMAZING archive!!

Site is apparently albums of pics taken by German SS photographers on the Eastern & Western fronts during their advance and retreat. The photos are MOSTLY COMBAT and BATTLEFIELD CONDITIONS from both fronts.....thousands of photos in albums by photographers last, first name and then quantity of pics per album! AMAZING archive!!

Amazing collection, too bad the photos are not labelled.

"The Kingfisher being lowered. The observer sits astride the hull in order to hook on and off."
Colour by RJM

Two wounded soldiers - a Canadian and a German - light cigarettes on the muddy Passchendaele battlefield in Belgium in 1917
Photo Source -
(Color by Toussaint Bonavita)

I bet the high brass on both sides hated to see scene like that.

The Battle of Cambrai (November - December 1917)
Group of the Royal Irish Rifles, 36th Ulster Division, before leaving for the trenches. Near Bertincourt, Pas-de-Calais, France. 20 November 1917.
Brooks, Ernest (Lieutenant) (Photographer)
(Photo source © Imperial War Museums Q 3175)
Battle of Britain Day - September 15 1940


A group of pilots of No. 303 Polish ("Kościuszko") Fighter Squadron walking toward the camera from a Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 (possibly F/O Jan Zumbach's RF-F V6684) after transferring from RAF Northolt for a well earned rest period.
RAF Leconfield, East Riding of Yorkshire, UK - October 1940
Left to right, in the front row are - Pilot Officer Mirosław Ferić; Flight Lieutenant John A. Kent (the CO of 'A' Flight); Flying Officer Bogdan Grzeszczak; Pilot Officer Jerzy Radomski; Pilot Officer Witold Łokuciewski; Pilot Officer Bogusław Mierzwa (obscured by Łokuciewski); Flying Officer Zdzisław Henneberg; Sergeant Jan Rogowski; Sergeant Eugeniusz Szaposznikow. In the centre, to the rear of this group, wearing helmet and goggles is Pilot Officer Jan Zumbach.
(Photo source - © IWM CH 1535)
The Poles were keen to fight but the RAF would not at first let them fly operationally. This was because few of the exiles spoke English and there was concern about their morale. What the British did not yet realise was that many of the Poles were excellent pilots. Having come through the Polish and French Campaigns, they had more combat experience than most of their British comrades and they employed superior tactics.
As the Battle of Britain wore on, and the shortage of trained pilots became critical, the exiles were accepted into RAF squadrons and two Polish fighter units, Nos. 302 and 303 Squadrons, were formed. Once committed to action, the Poles flew and fought superbly, shooting down 203 enemy aircraft for the loss of 29 pilots killed. No. 303 Squadron became the most successful Fighter Command unit in the Battle, shooting down 126 German machines in only 42 days. Czech Sergeant Josef Frantisek, also of '303', was the top scoring pilot with 17 confirmed victories.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding, who led Fighter Command, would later write:
"Had it not been for the magnificent material contributed by the Polish squadrons and their unsurpassed gallantry, I hesitate to say that the outcome of the Battle would have been the same."
(Text Source - RAF Museum)
P/O Mirosław Ferić (of Croat origin) Died 14/2/42
Fl/Lt John "Johnny" Kent Died 7/10/85
F/O Bogdan Grzeszczak Died 28/8/41
P/O Jerzy Radomski Died 1978
P/O Witold Łokuciewski Died 17/4/90
P/O Bogusław Mierzwa Died 16/4/41
F/O Zdzislaw Henneberg Died 12/4/41
F/Sgt. Jan Rogowski Died 17/8/97
F/Sgt. Eugeniusz Skaposznikow Died 1991
F/O Jan Zumbach Died 3/1/86
(Colourisation by Irootoko jnr. from Japan)
The Second Boer War ( Anglo - Boer War 11 October 1899 - 31 May 1902 )


Battle of Ladysmith (30 October, 1899)
(The failed attempt to take hill top Boer positions around Ladysmith)
Photograph was taken on battlefield and represents the Devonshire Regiment (1st BN)
facing Pepworth Hill firing from behind boulders which form an effective cover,
One of the men has risen to watch the effect of his shot.(original Caption).
Note, Rear Sight elevation on Lee-Metford rifles(MK1) indicates long distance engagement.
Two men have their Foreign service helmets reversed to possibly keep sun out of their eyes as they shoot.
Photographer- H. Nicholls.
Source- With the flag to Pretoria ( book published 1902 vol 1) by H.W Wilson.
Colourised by Tinus Le Roux
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A tandem bicycle frame used by the Germans to generate electricity for wireless in the trenches. Moislains, Somme.
5 September 1918.
Brooke, John Warwick (Lieutenant) (Photographer) Colour by Doug
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Squadron Commander Edwin Harris Dunning, DSC (17 July 1892 - 7 August 1917), of the United Kingdom's Royal Navy, was the first pilot to land an aircraft on a moving ship.

He is seen here, attempting to land his Sopwith Pup on the flying-off deck of HMS FURIOUS, Scapa Flow, 2nd August 1917.
He was killed five days later, during his second landing attempt of the day, when a tire burst, throwing his plane overboard. Knocked unconscious, he drowned in the cockpit.
(Colorised by Irootoko Jr. from Japan)

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