World War I in colorized images

The featured photographs, colorized by Benjamin Thomas, Doug Banks, Dave Chandler, Frederic Duriez, Paul Reynolds and Royston Leonard, capture in vivid color the battlefields of World War I.

Their photos are also featured among the hundreds of colored photos on the WW1 Colourised PhotosWW2 Colourised Photos and Colours of Yesterday Facebook pages.

Editor’s note: Photos and photo captions are courtesy of artists’ Facebook pages, but may be edited for brevity. Photos featured are from National Archives, National and State Libraries, Australian War Museum, Imperial War Museum, newspapers or donated by third parties. Permission was granted to feature the colorized photographs on Argunners Magazine.

Photos of World War I

Exhausted Australian soldiers pose for a candid photograph in the captured Turkish trenches at Lone Pine, Gallipoli Peninsula, on the afternoon of the 6 August 1915.

Exhausted Australian soldiers pose for a candid photograph in the captured Turkish trenches at Lone Pine, Gallipoli Peninsula, on the afternoon of the 6 August 1915. [Colorized by Benjamin Thomas]

Unidentified men of the Australian 5th Division enjoying a smoke and rest by the side of the Montauban road, near Mametz, France, while en-route to the trenches. Most of the men are wearing sheepskin vests and woollen gloves, and are carrying full kit and .303 Lee Enfield rifles, December 1916.

Unidentified men of the Australian 5th Division enjoying a smoke and rest by the side of the Montauban road, near Mametz, France, while en-route to the trenches. Most of the men are wearing sheepskin vests and woollen gloves, and are carrying full kit and .303 Lee Enfield rifles, December 1916. [Colorized by Benjamin Thomas]

Two Australian Soldiers relaxing under an 'Elephant Iron' shelter at Westhoek Ridge, Flanders, Belgium. c. Late September 1917.

Two Australian Soldiers relaxing under an ‘Elephant Iron’ shelter at Westhoek Ridge, Flanders, Belgium.
c. Late September 1917. [Colorized by Royston Leonard]

Four Australian soldiers at Chateau Wood near Retaliation Farm, walking over duckboards in the waterlogged fields to Zonnebeke, Flanders, Belgium. 22nd of October 1917.

Four Australian soldiers at Chateau Wood near Retaliation Farm, walking over duckboards in the waterlogged fields to Zonnebeke, Flanders, Belgium. 22nd of October 1917. [Colorized by Benjamin Thomas]

The Australian 12th M.G. Company, 45th Battalion, 12th Brigade, 4th Division, near Anzac Ridge at Polygon Wood in the Ypres Sector, where very heavy casualties were sustained. Photo taken on the 28th of September, 1917.

The Australian 12th M.G. Company, 45th Battalion, 12th Brigade, 4th Division, near Anzac Ridge at Polygon Wood in the Ypres Sector, where very heavy casualties were sustained. Photo taken on the 28th of September, 1917. [Colorized by Royston Leonard]

An Australian fatigue party from the 7th Brigade (far left) carrying piles of empty sandbags to the front line through the devastated area near Pozieres, 28th of August 1916.

An Australian fatigue party from the 7th Brigade (far left) carrying piles of empty sandbags to the front line through the devastated area near Pozieres, 28th of August 1916. [Colorized by Benjamin Thomas]

An infantryman of 'A' Company, 11th Battalion, The Cheshire Regiment, on sentry duty in a captured German trench near the Albert–Bapaume road at Ovillers-la-Boisselle, during the 'Battle of the Somme' in July 1916

An infantryman of ‘A’ Company, 11th Battalion, The Cheshire Regiment, on sentry duty in a captured German trench near the Albert–Bapaume road at Ovillers-la-Boisselle, during the ‘Battle of the Somme’ in July 1916. [Colorized by Doug Banks]

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  1. Listen to Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History podcast. The five episodes called Blueprint for Armageddon (I-V) are stunning yet capture the horror of the Great War.

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