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WW2 In Original Colour

As a long-time collector of military colour photos, I was amazed by what I found on this Facebook site - there are literally thousands that I had never seen before. Just to give a flavour, all new to me:
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Canadians in Normandy (probably around Carpiquet Airfield):
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Munster 1945 Surrendering Germans
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Canadian Corvette....
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German Surrender in Denmark
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US troops in a German City:
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British landing on Akyab island 1945:
All high definition. For British/US/Canadian subjects, worth starting with posts by the lady collector Iclal Orses....
 

aardvark64

War Hero
Not colourised either, faded but original colour is still better (IMHO).
 
Link maybe ?

Facebook Groups - you will need to sign up as it's a members site, but once in, a long afternoon's browsing awaits...!

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This is the cover image so you know you are on the right site - also a great snapshot of a tooled-up late-war German infantry combat group in Denmark 1945 (albeit about to give themselves up rather than fight it out)...
 
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Every now and again I'll add one or two I particularly like - this time a video link to a remastered (by a German team) of the original George Stevens footage of Germany 1945 - could have been made yesterday:


A couple of surprising things the film brings out: firstly how much of German cities actually escaped serious damage in WW2 and secondly how many pretty young German women chose to tough it out in post-war Berlin - note the lines of Trummerfrauen - most are young and attractive...
 
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Every now and again I'll add one or two I particularly like - this time a video link to a remastered (by a German team) of the original George Stevens footage of Germany 1945 - could have been made yesterday:


A couple of surprising things the film brings out: firstly how much of German cities actually escaped serious damage in WW2 and secondly how many pretty young German women chose to tough it out in post-war Berlin - note the lines of Trummerfrauen - most are young and attractive...
Sadly it’s giving a video unavailable message. You have to go to You Tube to watch it, is that normal?
 
@Mediaeval
I recently mentioned a guy whose work I found on Facebook:
Colourised PIECE of JAKE

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Worth a look at as the resultant images look like they're taken today.
He kindly started work on a family photo - although I had to say I couldn't justify €60 for something that wouldn't be on display.
 

4(T)

LE
Every now and again I'll add one or two I particularly like - this time a video link to a remastered (by a German team) of the original George Stevens footage of Germany 1945 - could have been made yesterday:


A couple of surprising things the film brings out: firstly how much of German cities actually escaped serious damage in WW2 and secondly how many pretty young German women chose to tough it out in post-war Berlin - note the lines of Trummerfrauen - most are young and attractive...


The AI enhancement really brings the film footage rather jarringly into the present. Instead of grainy historical footage, it almost looks like modern video footage.

Those children in uniform at the Elbe crossing; a couple of the boy soldiers look about 13 years old.

That whole Youtube site Chronohistory has a wealth of (mostly US) archive colour film. One thing I noted though - and which appears in some of the comments - is how George Stevens and the other US film teams seem to have gone out of their way to avoid recording any footage of British and Canadian units - even in 21st Army Group occupied locations such as Brussels, Arnhem, Hamburg, Denmark. I guess this is indicative of the general hostility of US media towards Britain at that time.
 

ches

LE
The AI enhancement really brings the film footage rather jarringly into the present. Instead of grainy historical footage, it almost looks like modern video footage.

Those children in uniform at the Elbe crossing; a couple of the boy soldiers look about 13 years old.

That whole Youtube site Chronohistory has a wealth of (mostly US) archive colour film. One thing I noted though - and which appears in some of the comments - is how George Stevens and the other US film teams seem to have gone out of their way to avoid recording any footage of British and Canadian units - even in 21st Army Group occupied locations such as Brussels, Arnhem, Hamburg, Denmark. I guess this is indicative of the general hostility of US media towards Britain at that time.

?. Hostility why? Late 44 the US media were pretty unaware of any animosity that existed at high level between certain commanders. I'd rather more think that as the target audiences were the US public & would be eager to see where their sons & brothers were fighting & may actually catch a glimpse of him on film & so would flock to the theatres rather than see some British bloke scoffing some bully.
Likewise British footage, not much US stuff seen.
 
Fascinating.....good post !!

Sadly I'm NOT an FB supporter/user , therefore not likely to see anymore - unless you can post more in 'bite-sized' chunks ?

That's the plan, but I'm trying to stick more to subjects that will interest the arrserati....

?. Hostility why? Late 44 the US media were pretty unaware of any animosity that existed at high level between certain commanders. I'd rather more think that as the target audiences were the US public & would be eager to see where their sons & brothers were fighting & may actually catch a glimpse of him on film & so would flock to the theatres rather than see some British bloke scoffing some bully.
Likewise British footage, not much US stuff seen.
...and of course Stevens and his team were mainly following the US Forces across Europe - there is some British footage in his reels, but doesn't as often make it into the media:

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British tank disabled just off the Normandy beaches
 
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QRK2

LE
?. Hostility why?

There was more that a little suspicion and yes hostility amongst a significant proportion of the US public and media towards Britain, especially of course with the Irish Americans, but leaving aside the latter's particular gripes the Empire was not seen as a 'good thing' at many levels of the US public, including of course the President qv all the shenanigans in SEAC in 1945.
 
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Thought I'd add a few for the Jocks from a lovely set just posted, which I have not seen before.

Scottish bagpipe player Willie Ross (1878-1966), principal instructor at the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming, pictured with some of his students as they practice with pipe exercises at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland in January 1944.

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Amazing that something nearly 80 years old can look as if it were taken yesterday
 

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