31 thoughts on “Colors of World War II”

  1. The Nazis have been interesting since they’re inception. The still have followers and their symbols still get powerful reactions.

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    • Heinz was no longer fit for front line duty, so the High Command reassigned him to a recruitment battalion where he would try and appeal to the young teenage boys’ patriotism, but when he said “the Wehrmacht made me the man I am today” he was always mystified by the laughter as the children looked at his empty sleeve.

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  2. We almost never see this side of the war, and It’s really interesting. I wish we could see more movies about german and soviet fights on WWII since they lived really different lifes back then. Only in a few movies one can see how terrible it was in Stalingrag, for example.

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  3. Somebody used old B/W photos, some of which are notoriously known as a coloring book and played with a Photoshop. Some of the colors are completely made-up. Yaw.

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    • No. I have copies of many of these photographs in reference books. The colors are genuine.

      You have to remember in the 1940s color film was rare and expensive, and the chemical formulations were still being developed. Most color photography was used for special events or propaganda, which is why most of the photos appear staged.

      Modern color film was invented in 1935, but wasn’t really popular until the 1970s. Until then black-and-white was more common, but color photos were gaining popularity from the 1960s onwards, especially for portraits and holiday photos. By the mid 1970s, color photography was considered normal and black-and-white photography was the realm of journalists and artists.

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  4. For those who thinks these photos are bad, because there are nazis. Actually there two reasons why there are nazis: Soviets in WWII not only killed own citizens, they fought nazis too, second: in that times there was two companies who possesed colour picture films: American Eastman-kodak and german AGFA. In soviet union noone mass produced it, specifically in war time, when economy basically was alligned only for war. It’s east front and WWII what do you wan’t more? Soviet army?

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  5. In contrast to the obvious remarks. These photos are very quite historic. For they portray a time of life and death in real. For these warriors rather they be Soviet or of our long past soldaten. They men and woman, fought for that of which was to them to do so. For in this respect, they had not any decision.

    It is to us, as the generation to make good for what they had not to do so.

    We must honour the dead, for they died for so we may live.

    Karl

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  6. They are not photoshopped. They are almost 70 years old, that’s probably and obviously why some colors don’t look right.

    Yep, look for the arm in #13.

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    • Wasn’t that your grandfather in picture nr. 4? Difference between nazi’s and bolsheviks is often difficult to see.

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  7. Interesting pictures. Would be even more interesting with some info on what/who is on tne photo, when/where was it taken – than it would be information and not just pictures of the WWII.

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  8. I’m pretty sure that fifth photo has Finnish soldiers in it. You can tell it from the uniforms. Tho’ i dont know what those symbols are in theirs helmets.

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    • Yeah, they are Finns. The photo comes from “Signal” magazine and it is one of the photos most commonly used to illustrate the conflict between F_i*n_l**a)nd and U*S*S)R.

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  9. Pictures that open a window to a time when the entire world was scared. Thank you very much for the pictures they are simply amazing…

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  10. Unseen colour films of WWII AND NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED!

    http://www.channel4.com/programmes/world-war-ii-the-unseen-films/episode-guide

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