Not Too Sure Why But These Images Always Make Me Sad – 20 Beautiful Colorized Images of WW2


Many thanks go to Doug Banks and his team – the masters of colorization.  The beauty of these colorized images is that color allows you to pick out and study the smallest detail. These are sights that our forefathers would have seen. Must have been strange for them to witness the war in color then to see it recorded in black and white.

Do not click on their page – you will become addicted to their work.  It is the research that they do on each image that makes the captions themselves a history lesson. Facebook page here Colorized-Photos.

Flight Sergeant George “Grumpy” Unwin of No.19 Squadron RAF climbs out of his Supermarine Spitfire Mk I QV-H at Fowlmere, near Duxford in Cambridgeshire after a sortie, September 1940.
(Colourised by Doug)


An unpainted Messerschmitt 262 (Wk.Nr 111711) ‘surrendered’ by Luftwaffe test pilot and flight instructor Hans Fay on the 30 March 1945
(pic taken later April 2, 1945). (Photo source – US Army Signals Corp #131687)
Kindly supplied here by Johnny Sirlande)
(Colourised by Richard James Molloy from the UK)

Lt. Malcolm ‘Doc’ Hughes in his Lockheed F-4C-1-LO #42-67114 “Maxine” from the 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group “buzzing” the snow covered runway at Attlebridge in Norfolk, UK. February 1944. (Colourised by Doug)


Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel’s funeral ceremony held in his hometown of Ulm (Württemberg), Mid-day on Wednesday 18 October 1944. (Photo by Kriegsberichter – Hoffmann)
(Colourised by Royston Leonard from the UK)

Lt. Col. Robert Lee Wolverton, CO 3rd Btn., 506 PIR, 101st Airborne (KIA 6/6/44 Normandy) and 1/Lt. Alex Bobuck jumpmaster of Stick#1 (POW June 6 until June 8, 1944). Col. Wolverton is checking the kit of 1/Lt. Bobuck as part of events staged on the afternoon of Sunday June 4, 1944 for filming by the Signal Corps at Exeter airfield. On D-Day 1/Lt Alex Bobuck was the first one to jump off Lt. Col. Wolverton’s plane but was captured when he landed on a German Command Post roof, he was liberated on June 8 by the advancing forces on St.Come-du-Mont. He went on to fight at Arnhem and Bastogne. He died December 1 1961 aged 44 (US Signal Corps photo from Michel De Trez Collection).(Colorised by Johnny Sirlande from Belgium)


M4A3 (76)’Sherman’ of the 771st Tank Battalion, US 84th “Rail -Splitter” Division after the fighting in ruins of the German town of Linnich. February 24 1945. On the right is an ‘HQ’ Dodge WC-52f (with what looks like 9th Armored Div markings on the fender) (Colourised by Richard James Molloy from the UK)

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