50 Breathtaking WWII Colorized Photos

World War Two black and white photos that are researched and colorized in detail by Doug and other artists from the ‘Colourisehistory Group.’ These 50 breathtaking colorized photos look like they were taken yesterday.

A crew member cleaning the barrel of an Sd.Kfz. 251/9 - Schützenpanzerwagen (7.5 cm KwK 37 L/24) "Stummel" on the East Front, c. Summer 1942. (Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)

A crew member cleaning the barrel of an Sd.Kfz. 251/9 – Schützenpanzerwagen (7.5 cm KwK 37 L/24) “Stummel” on the East Front, c. Summer 1942. (Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)

Boeing B-29 Superfortress 42-24592 “Dauntless Dotty” 869th Bomb Squadron, 497th Bomb Group, 73rd Bomb Wing, 20th Air Force. 24th of November 1944. (Source 'Life' Magazine. Colorized by Leo Courvoisier from Argentina)

Boeing B-29 Superfortress 42-24592 “Dauntless Dotty” 869th Bomb Squadron, 497th Bomb Group, 73rd Bomb Wing, 20th Air Force. 24th of November 1944. (Source ‘Life’ Magazine. Colorized by Leo Courvoisier from Argentina)

 

Soviet Air Force officers, Rufina Gasheva (848 night combat missions) and Nataly Meklin (980 night combat missions) decorated as 'Heroes of the Soviet Union' for their service with the famed 'Night Witches' unit during World War II. They stand in front of their Polikarpov Po-2 biplanes. (Colourisation and research by Olga Shirnina from Russia)

Soviet Air Force officers, Rufina Gasheva (848 night combat missions) and Nataly Meklin (980 night combat missions) decorated as ‘Heroes of the Soviet Union’ for their service with the famed ‘Night Witches’ unit during World War II. They stand in front of their Polikarpov Po-2 biplanes. (Colourisation and research by Olga Shirnina from Russia)

A Kriegsberichter (war correspondent) holding an Arriflex 35 2 1942 camera 35mm ACR 0292 and he is leaning against a knocked out Soviet BT-5 light tank. c.1940/41. (Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)

A Kriegsberichter (war correspondent) holding an Arriflex 35 2 1942 camera 35mm ACR 0292 and he is leaning against a knocked out Soviet BT-5 light tank. c.1940/41. (Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)

Squadron Leader J.A.F. MacLachlan, the one-armed Commanding Officer of No 1 Squadron RAF, standing beside his all-black Hawker Hurricane Mark IIC night fighter, 'JX-Q', at Tangmere in West Sussex, England. (Source - Royal Air Force official photographer Woodbine G (Mr) © IWM CH 4015. Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)

Squadron Leader J.A.F. MacLachlan, the one-armed Commanding Officer of No 1 Squadron RAF, standing beside his all-black Hawker Hurricane Mark IIC night fighter, ‘JX-Q’, at Tangmere in West Sussex, England. (Source – Royal Air Force official photographer Woodbine G (Mr) © IWM CH 4015. Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)

US Air Force pilot 2nd Lieutenant Robert Wade Biesecker with his crew of the 569th Bombardment Squadron, 390th Bomb Group, US Eighth Air Force, standing by 'Honey Chile', their B-17 Flying Fortress bomber (serial 42-31027), at RAF Framlingham, a US Eighth Air Force Bomber Command station in England, 18 October 1943. (Photographer: M. McNeil, for Fox Photos. Images courtesy of the Hulton Archive/ Getty Images. Colorized and researched by Benjamin Thomas from Australia)

US Air Force pilot 2nd Lieutenant Robert Wade Biesecker with his crew of the 569th Bombardment Squadron, 390th Bomb Group, US Eighth Air Force, standing by ‘Honey Chile’, their B-17 Flying Fortress bomber (serial 42-31027), at RAF Framlingham, a US Eighth Air Force Bomber Command station in England, 18 October 1943. (Photographer: M. McNeil, for Fox Photos. Images courtesy of the Hulton Archive/ Getty Images. Colorized and researched by Benjamin Thomas from Australia)

F/L J. F. Thomas and the crew of Avro Lancaster Bomber 'B' MkI 'Victorious Virgin' RF128 QB-V of RCAF 424 Squadron "Tiger" Squadron on the 21st of March 1945. (probably taken at the Skipton-on-Swale, North Yorkshire airfield). (Colorized by Tom Thounaojam from India)

F/L J. F. Thomas and the crew of Avro Lancaster Bomber ‘B’ MkI ‘Victorious Virgin’ RF128 QB-V of RCAF 424 Squadron “Tiger” Squadron on the 21st of March 1945. (probably taken at the Skipton-on-Swale, North Yorkshire airfield). (Colorized by Tom Thounaojam from India)

T/5 William E. Thomas and Pfc. Joseph Jackson prepare a gift of special “Easter Eggs” for Adolf Hitler and the German Army. Scrawling such messages on artillery shells in World War II was one way in which artillery soldiers could humorously express their dislike of the enemy. Easter Saturday, March the 10th 1945, during the Battle of Remagen. (The photographer 1st Lt. John D. Moore of the Signal Corps. Source - US National Archives 111-SC-202330. Colorized by Johhny Sirlande from Belgium)

T/5 William E. Thomas and Pfc. Joseph Jackson prepare a gift of special “Easter Eggs” for Adolf Hitler and the German Army. Scrawling such messages on artillery shells in World War II was one way in which artillery soldiers could humorously express their dislike of the enemy. Easter Saturday, March the 10th 1945, during the Battle of Remagen. (The photographer 1st Lt. John D. Moore of the Signal Corps. Source – US National Archives 111-SC-202330. Colorized by Johhny Sirlande from Belgium)

A paratrooper from the American 17th Airborne Division gets a light from a Churchill tank crewman of 6th Guards Armoured Brigade near Dorsten in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, 29th of March 1945. (Source - No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit - © IWM BU 2738. Photographer - Sgt.Midgley. Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)

A paratrooper from the American 17th Airborne Division gets a light from a Churchill tank crewman of 6th Guards Armoured Brigade near Dorsten in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, 29th of March 1945. (Source – No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit – © IWM BU 2738. Photographer – Sgt.Midgley. Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)

A broken down and deserted Soviet T-35 heavy tank of the 8th Mechanised Corps. On the Dubno - Plycza highway, Rivne Oblast (province) of western Ukraine. June/July 1941. (Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)

A broken down and deserted Soviet T-35 heavy tank of the 8th Mechanised Corps. On the Dubno – Plycza highway, Rivne Oblast (province) of western Ukraine. June/July 1941. (Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)

Troops of the 17th U.S. Airborne Division, First Allied Airborne Army, march past a blazing building in Appelhülsen, Germany, as they advance toward the city of Münster, nine miles to the northeast. First Allied Airborne Army troops had landed east of the Rhine river on March 24th 1945. (Colorized by Doug)

Troops of the 17th U.S. Airborne Division, First Allied Airborne Army, march past a blazing building in Appelhülsen, Germany, as they advance toward the city of Münster, nine miles to the northeast. First Allied Airborne Army troops had landed east of the Rhine river on March 24th 1945. (Colorized by Doug)

Flying Officer Leonard Haines of No. 19 Squadron RAF sits by the cockpit of his Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia (QV-?) at Fowlmere, near Duxford. September 1940. (Photo Source - © IWM CH 1373. Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)

Flying Officer Leonard Haines of No. 19 Squadron RAF sits by the cockpit of his Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia (QV-?) at Fowlmere, near Duxford. September 1940. (Photo Source – © IWM CH 1373. Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)

 

'Dog Beach Patrol', (possibly on Parramore Beach, Virginia, US. October 1943). (Source - United States Coast Guard - Photo No.726. Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)

‘Dog Beach Patrol’, (possibly on Parramore Beach, Virginia, US. October 1943). (Source – United States Coast Guard – Photo No.726. Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)

An Allied Soldier takes a break during the approach to Tripoli, Libya beside a swastika and the words 'Heil Hitler' that have been carved into a rocky hillside during January 1943. (Source - © IWM E 21788. Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)

An Allied Soldier takes a break during the approach to Tripoli, Libya beside a swastika and the words ‘Heil Hitler’ that have been carved into a rocky hillside during January 1943. (Source – © IWM E 21788. Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)

The crew of Avro Lancaster "C for Charlie" of No. 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron RAF, try to warm themselves in their Nissen hut quarters at Dunholme Lodge, Lincolnshire, England, after returning from a raid on Stuttgart, 2nd of March 1944. (Source - © IWM (CH 12379. Colorized by Paul Edwards)

The crew of Avro Lancaster “C for Charlie” of No. 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron RAF, try to warm themselves in their Nissen hut quarters at Dunholme Lodge, Lincolnshire, England, after returning from a raid on Stuttgart, 2nd of March 1944. (Source – © IWM (CH 12379. Colorized by Paul Edwards)

United States Marines climbing down the nets into landing craft during the Battle of Peleliu, September-November 1944. (Photographer: Griffin Image courtesy of the United States Marine Corps History Division, Peleliu 117058. Colorized and researched by Benjamin Thomas from Australia)

United States Marines climbing down the nets into landing craft during the Battle of Peleliu, September-November 1944. (Photographer: Griffin Image courtesy of the United States Marine Corps History Division, Peleliu 117058. Colorized and researched by Benjamin Thomas from Australia)

Girls working on shell caps in a munitions factory, somewhere in England. 25th of May 1940. (Source - Gettys Images - Photographer, Paul Popper. Colorized by John Gulizia from America)

Girls working on shell caps in a munitions factory, somewhere in England. 25th of May 1940. (Source – Gettys Images – Photographer, Paul Popper. Colorized by John Gulizia from America)

Medics of the US. 5th Infantry Division examining GI clothing found with German-captured equipment after the liberation of the area, near Diekirch in Luxembourg on the 20th of January 1945. (Source - SC-327129 Signal Corps Photo ETO-HQ-45-9223 -Horton. Colorized by Joey Van Meesen from the Netherlands)

Medics of the US. 5th Infantry Division examining GI clothing found with German-captured equipment after the liberation of the area, near Diekirch in Luxembourg on the 20th of January 1945. (Source – SC-327129 Signal Corps Photo ETO-HQ-45-9223 -Horton. Colorized by Joey Van Meesen from the Netherlands)

A Finnish Brewster Buffalo 239 fighter (BW-352) of (Squadron) Lentolaivue/24 at Selänpää airfield. 24th June 1941. (Source - SA-Kuva. Colorized by Tommi Rossi from Finland)

A Finnish Brewster Buffalo 239 fighter (BW-352) of (Squadron) Lentolaivue/24 at Selänpää airfield. 24th June 1941. (Source – SA-Kuva. Colorized by Tommi Rossi from Finland)

Three troopers of the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division taking a break after 5 days frontline fighting. From left to right : Pvt William H. Sandy (ASN 13032007) from Charlottesville, VA, Sgt Dehaven Nowlin (ASN 15046241) from Goshen, KY and Pvt Howard Fredericks (ASN 39241668) from Los Angeles, CA., near Essen (Germany) 10th of April 1945. (Source - US Army Signal Corps - TFH collection. Photographer - Sgt T. J. Austin (Signal Corps). Colorized by Joshua Barrett from the UK)

Three troopers of the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division taking a break after 5 days frontline fighting. From left to right : Pvt William H. Sandy (ASN 13032007) from Charlottesville, VA, Sgt Dehaven Nowlin (ASN 15046241) from Goshen, KY and Pvt Howard Fredericks (ASN 39241668) from Los Angeles, CA., near Essen (Germany) 10th of April 1945. (Source – US Army Signal Corps – TFH collection. Photographer – Sgt T. J. Austin (Signal Corps). Colorized by Joshua Barrett from the UK)

Veronica Foster, (b.1922 - d.2000) popularly known as "Ronnie, the Bren Gun Girl", was a Canadian icon representing nearly one million Canadian women who worked in the manufacturing plants that produced munitions and materiel during World War II. Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)

Veronica Foster, (b.1922 – d.2000) popularly known as “Ronnie, the Bren Gun Girl”, was a Canadian icon representing nearly one million Canadian women who worked in the manufacturing plants that produced munitions and materiel during World War II. Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)

An American Marine aiming his Garand M1 rifle, whilst perched on Japanese ammunition crates on the Island of Iwo Jima, c. February/March 1945. (Colourised by Royston Leonard from the UK)

An American Marine aiming his Garand M1 rifle, whilst perched on Japanese ammunition crates on the Island of Iwo Jima, c. February/March 1945. (Colourised by Royston Leonard from the UK)

Royal Marines from 45 (RM) Commando, 1st Commando Brigade on the look-out for snipers among the ruins in Osnabrück, Lower Saxony, Germany. 4th of April 1945. (Source - IWM BU 3057. Photographer - Sgt.Laws No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit. Colorized by Doug)

Royal Marines from 45 (RM) Commando, 1st Commando Brigade on the look-out for snipers among the ruins in Osnabrück, Lower Saxony, Germany. 4th of April 1945. (Source – IWM BU 3057. Photographer – Sgt.Laws No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit. Colorized by Doug)

Soviet artillerymen transporting a 76-mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3) during the forced crossing of the Oder River, Germany, c. December, 1944. (Photograph by Dmitri Baltermants. Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)

Soviet artillerymen transporting a 76-mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3) during the forced crossing of the Oder River, Germany, c. December, 1944. (Photograph by Dmitri Baltermants. Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)

Marine Pfc. Douglas Lightheart (right) cradles his .30 caliber M1919 Browning machine gun in his lap, while he and Marine Pfc. Gerald Thursby Sr. take a cigarette break, during mopping up operations on Peleliu on 14th September 1944. (Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)

Marine Pfc. Douglas Lightheart (right) cradles his .30 caliber M1919 Browning machine gun in his lap, while he and Marine Pfc. Gerald Thursby Sr. take a cigarette break, during mopping up operations on Peleliu on 14th September 1944. (Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)

A British Crusader tank passes a burning German Panzer IV tank during 'Operation Crusader'. Cyrenaica (the eastern province of Libya). Winter 1941. (Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)

A British Crusader tank passes a burning German Panzer IV tank during ‘Operation Crusader’. Cyrenaica (the eastern province of Libya). Winter 1941. (Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)

 

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