Skip to comments.Check Out These Gorgeous Color Photos From World War II
Posted on 07/01/2013 9:04:57 AM PDT by virgil283
"As the generation that fought World War II passes on, it can be difficult for younger people to remember that it was a war fought not by the elderly in black and white, but by millions of Americans in vivid color. These gorgeous images, via Shorpy, remind us just how vivid that war was.
Originally shot by the War Department in gorgeous Kodachrome film, the saturated hues and crisp edges bring that era to life in a way that few other forms of media can. These photos document the trucks, planes, trains, and other various machines that were being prepared on the home front in anticipation of the conflagration sweeping the globe."
M4 with the 105MM sweet
Wonder how well it would fire paint shells like Oddballs with the piece of pipe on the end?
IIRC, this version of the Sherman tank was appropriately nicknamed “Jumbo.”
That pic at the top of the article looks very much like a screen capture from a video game. It does not look authentic. maybe my eyes are getting old. But I don’t think so.
It is hard to imagine that steam locomotives were still being manufactured during the war.
Thanks for posting...pretty sure that’s an M4 sitting in front of the Molloy Rd reserve center in Mattydale NY.
The pictures look so good that they seem faked. I’m so conditioned to perceive everything prior to 1960 as black and white that these photos just don’t seem real to me.
“Berlin Sleeper II” was the first B-17 to complete 100 missions..and was returned to the States for training purposes..
The top title page photo is a CGI, maybe from a game based on the N. Africa campaign (the Medium M3 Lee Tank was pretty common in that part of the war) but the rest in the body of the link seem to be authentic. And the color saturation of the photos is amazing.
My late uncle Lloyd received the DFC and Silver Star for his heroics aboard a B-17 coming back from a raid over Germany.
After the war, he came home to Toledo, went to work for the Post Office and delivered mail and did plumbing until his last years...
What is this crap? I’ve seen enough WW2 movies and documentaries to know that the entire war was in black and white.
Actually for some time after the war the made steamers...my gandfather was a boiler maker at the Southern Pacific shops in Sacramento...we used to call him Gampa Huh? His hearing was totally gone from years of working around the shops.
I always have a hard time imagining it is color.
I was sent to Guam and remember sitting there on the beaches that I had seen in movies(in B/W) and trying to correlate the color with what I saw in the movies.
It is interesting how hard it is to imagine real color while watching old war documentary films.
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