Photos From Korea to the Falkland Islands - colourised images of conflicts after World War II.


Paratroopers of the U.S. 101st. Airborne Division stand guard over rescued South Vietnamese prisoners from a communist jungle prison camp near Phan Thiet, about 90 miles northeast of Saigon, Nov. 2, 1967. Two enemy guerrillas had opened fire on a patrol of the 101st. leading to discovery of the prison camp where paratroopers rescued 51 prisoners, many of them emaciated and suffering from malaria
A sculpture of an old Vietnamese warrior from a past century contrasts sharply with a U.S. Marine on patrol in the Citadel of Huế. February 26, 1968


(AP Photo/Dang Van Phuoc).
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U.S. Marines emerge from their muddy foxholes south of the DMZ at sunrise, after a third night of fighting against continued attacks of North Vietnamese 324 B division troops during the Vietnam War on Sept. 21, 1966.
The HMM-263 'Thunder Chickens' Sikorsky UH-34-D helicopter was shot down when it came to resupply the Marines unit.


(AP Photo/Henri Huet)
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U Minh Forest September 15 1970: ‘A Cambodian guerrilla is carried to an improvised operating room in a mangrove swamp in this Viet Cong haven on the Ca Mau Peninsula.’


Photographer - Vo Anh Khanh
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Private George E. Richards, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR), of Mildura, Victoria (Australia), sorting rations - in this case, tins of Carnation milk, Korea, 4 March 1954.


The scene was captured by British Commonwealth Forces Korea (BCFK) Public Relations photographer Phillip Hobson (1922-2006), whose original caption to the image provides invaluable insight into Richards, who would celebrate his 22nd birthday the week the photograph was taken.
George Richards was from Riverlea, Yannathan, near Lang Lang in Gippsland, Victoria, where his brothers were share farming on a diary property.
Born at Mildura, he went to Melbourne at an early age and did his schooling at Canterbury and Balwyn. When he left school he joined the Postal Department and was stationed at Tallangatta in north-east Victoria for three years before moving to Yannathan and working with his brothers.
In 1952 he joined the Army and went to Japan in January 1953 before subsequently being posted to Korea. He was still there in July when the cease fire was announced, which, for Richards, would become the one of the most outstanding memories of his time in Korea.
At the time he was a regimental stretcher bearer with D company on "The Hook" feature, scene of some of the fiercest fighting in the closing stages of the hostilities.
"It seems hard to believe that it was all over at first", Richards recounted, "most of all the sudden quietness, no guns firing, and no need to keep under cover. That was something I will always remember."
He had no regrets joining the Army or serving in Korea. In fact, Hobson noted in 1954, he was prepared to serve a further term in Korea.
"It has been a wonderful experience", Richards acknowledged, "and I've met some marvellous mates. There's something about Army life that's really worthwhile".
George E. Richards would turn 89 this year; does anyone know if he's still with us or has family?
Photographer: Phillip Hobson (1922-2006)
Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial
Colourised by Benjamin Thomas
"A U.S. Marine, wounded when his face was creased by an enemy bullet, pours water into the mouth of a fellow Marine suffering from heat exhaustion during 'Operation Hastings' along the demilitarized zone between North and South Vietnam on July 20, 1966."


(AP photo)
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Veterans of the bitterly cold Battle of Chosin Reservoir during Korean War were called “The Chosin Few.”
November 1950


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Wounded Marines lie about the floor of an H-34 Helicopter, as they were evacuated from the battle are on Van Tuong peninsular. 'Operation Starlite'. August 19, 1965.


(AP Photo)
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Three Ethiopian gunners from Addis Ababa preparing to fire a 75mm recoil-less rifle are, from left to right: Corporal Alema Welde, Corporal Chanllo Bala and Sergeant Major Bogale Weldeynse. Korea 1951


Ethiopia was the first nation in Africa to contribute a complete unit of ground troops to the UN Korean command.
Colourised by Royston Leonard
U.S. Army gunner (crouching foreground), fires an M20 75mm recoilless rifle. They are fighting near Oetlook-tong, Korea, in support of infantry units directly across the valley. June 9, 1951.


By the end of June the battle lines near the 38th parallel would change little in the remaining 2 years of the Korean War.
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On January 30, 1966, 20 year old Army Medic Thomas Cole of Richmond Virginia, who served with ‘A’ Co., 2nd Btn., 7th Cavalry Regt.,1st Cav. Div., was in a muddy trench in An Thi, Vietnams Central Highlands. Though wounded himself, he continued providing first aid to the wounded and dying around him.
In this photo taken by Henri Huet, also lies the badly wounded S/Sgt. Harrison C D Pell of Hazleton, Pennsylvania.


Six months later the fully recovered Thomas Cole, just two weeks shy of his return to the U.S., was in the thick of a battle in Nha Trang, he was hit by gunfire, his left arm was shattered and another bullet struck his left thigh, nevertheless, he survived and returned home.


The photographer Henri Huet was killed in 1971 when the helicopter he was travelling in with several other photographers was shot down over Laos.
(AP Photo/Henri Huet)
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A Marine Observation Squadron 6 (VMO-6) H03S-1 Helicopter takes off from a 1st Marine Division forward position post in the Pusan Perimeter, Korea. August 7, 1950.


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Pfc. Lacey Skinner of Birmingham, Ala., crawls alongside a rice paddy dike near An Thi, Vietnam while under fire from Viet Cong troops trying to repel an assault of the U.S. 1st Air Cavalry Division, January 28/29, 1966.


(Lacey Grant Skinner 4/17/43 - 4/22/85)
(AP Photo/Henri Huet)
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M40 155mm 'Long Toms' of Charlie Battery 'C', 937th Field Artillery Battalion from the Arkansas National Guard, possibly in the area of Yanggu, Gangwon Province, South Korea. Sometime in May/June1951.


Every heavy artillery unit (155 Howitzer, 155mm gun, 8-inch Howitzer, 8-inch gun, 240mm gun) was a former National Guard unit. Each had its own nickname for the unit. The 937th Field Artillery Battalion from the Arkansas National Guard was proudly known as the 'Arkansas Long Toms.' The 155mm gun (towed or self-propelled) was known in World War II as 'Long Toms' due to the longer length of the barrel (tube), which made it more accurate and capable of hitting long range (25000 yards) targets. The code name for the 937th over communication lines was 'NEWFORD'.
Colourised by Royston Leonard
Battleship Richelieu with heavy cruiser Suffren and light cruiser Émile Bertin. Toulon, early 1950s

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