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The Second World War in Color!

 Though color photography was invented decades before the start of World War II, it was still a rather niche process, which was a lot more expensive than black-and-white photography. The rarity of color film was compounded by the hazards of shipping during wartime, and the difficulties involved in reproduction and printing.

Nevertheless, thousands of color images were produced during this devastating global conflict. Some 3,000 of these were assembled by the British Ministry of Information and eventually ended up in the collections of Imperial War Museums across the United Kingdom, which now hold over 11 million photos of conflict from World War I to the present day.

Below you can see some fantastic color photographs from World War II.

 
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May 1943 
A crew from the 16th/5th Lancers, 6th Armored Division, clean the gun barrel of their Crusader tank at El Aroussa, Tunisia.  
August 1943
Nurses and convalescent aircrew at Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Hospital, Halton, Buckinghamshire, England.
March 1944
Private Alfred Campin of the 6th Batallion, Durham Light Infantry during training in Britain. 
C.1941
An Air Raid Precautions warden inspects the damaged buildings in Holborn, London, England.
April 1944
British paratroopers prepare for a practice jump from an RAF Dakota based at Down Ampney, Wiltshire, England. 
October 1944
Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery explains Allied strategy to King George VI in a caravan in the Netherlands. 
 
February 1944
General Dwight D. Eisenhower and his senior commanders at Supreme Allied Headquarters, London, England. 
C.1943
Lancaster bombers nearing completion in Avro's assembly plant, Woodford, Manchester, England. 
C.1944
Lieutenant Vernon R. Richards of the 361st Fighter Group flies his P-51D Mustang, during a bomber escort mission. Location unknown. 
September 1943
A 5.5-inch gun crew from the 75th Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery, in action in Italy. 
October 1944
A couple of British soldiers admire the Caryatids on the Acropolis while sightseeing in Athens, Greece.

 

July 1944
The RAF's top-scoring fighter pilot, Wing commander James Johnson, with his Spitfire and pet Labrador in Normandy, France. 
September 1944
Dutch civilians dance in the streets after the liberation of Eindhoven by allied forces. 
Source: mashable
Images: Imperial War Museums 
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