1914-1918: Colour photographs of WWI

Gettting a haircut, near the front line. Wood of Hirtzbach. (Haut-Rhin. France. June 16th, 1917).

Trench near front line observation post Wood of Hirtzbach. (Haut-Rhin. France. June 16th, 1917).

Train damaged by artillery. (Soissons. Aisne. France. 1917)

Panaromic view of destruction. (Reims Marne. France 1917)

Artillery piece of the 320th and its escort, Hogstade. (Belgium September 5th, 1917).

Bridge destroyed on Aisne and rebuilt by engineers. (Soissons. Aisne. France. 1917)

Cooking outdoors (Soissons. Aisne. France. 1917)

Lunch. Village of Largitzne. (Haut-Rhin. France. June 18th, 1917)

370th infantry. (Village of Soissons. Aisne. France. 1917).

French soldier eating lunch. Royal place. (Reims. Marl. France. April 1st, 1917).

Building of a footbridge over bomb craters. Village of Boesighe. (Belgium September 10th, 1917)

Surgical center. Wounded soldiers protecting themselves from the sun with umbrellas and sunshades. Rousbrugge. (Belgium September 7, 1917)

Three hangars under camouflaging cloth. Village of Dannemarie. (Haut-Rhin. France. June 23rd, 1917).

At army headquarters. Camouflaged shed of corrugated sheet metal. (Northern France. September 5 , 1917)

Group at hospital 66. Nurses, doctors and soldiers in front of a hut. Bourgourg. (North France, Spet. 1, 1917)

Freightcar riddled with bullets. Dunkirk (Northern France, September 3, 1917)

Children playing with skittles. (Rheims The Marne. France 1917)

Members of the Red Cross. (Rheims The Marne. France 1917).

Three soldiers and a truck . (Soissons. Aisne. France. 1917)

Roye, ruin of a butchery. Home Dobreme. (Village of Noyon. Oise. France. 1917

Castle Coucy, Engineering Headquarters. Stacks of bags protecting the chateau. (Village of Noyon. Oise. France. 1917).

Soldiers and cart, against a background of ruins. (Village of Noyon. Oise. France. 1917)

Railcar mounted siege gun. (Village of Noyon. Oise. France. 1917).

Corner of the Rue des Minimes, (Soissons. Aisne. France. 1917).

Nieuport biplane on the ground. (Soissons. Aisne. France. 1917)

Saint-Paul hospital, three injured soldiers in Laffaux. (Soissons. Aisne. France. 1917)

Gunners. Bucy-le-Long, district of Soissons. (Soissons. Aisne. France. 1917).

Resting after lunch. (Village of Soissons. Aisne. France. 1917)

Military engineers working on the bridge of barrels on the Aisne. (France 1917)

Canteen in the trenches. (Soissons. Aisne. France. 1917).

Washing clothes. (Soissons. Aisne. France. 1917).

Camouflaged buildings . (Commune of Soissons. Aisne. France. 1917).

S.P.C.A. pick-up truck. Bergues. (Northern France, September 2, 1917)

Group of doctors and nurses in front of the hopital Saint-Paul. (Soissons. Aisne. France. 1917).

Senegalese soldiers.. Saint-Ulrich. (Haut-Rhin France. June 16 1917).

Frontline trenches. Group of French servicemen. Woods of Hirtzbach. (Haut-Rhin. France. June 16th, 1917)

Frontline trench, observer. French serviceman at work in the trenches. Woods of Hirtzbach. (Haut-Rhin. France. June 16th, 1917).

Observation post. Eglingen. (Haut-Rhin. France. June 23rd, 1917)

4 Responses

  1. CatM

    I *love* these color pictures of the war. They make the situation seem so much more immediate, as if those men were really out there working and we’ve interrupted them for just a moment.

  2. Steve Ashby

    These are Autochromes: glass-plate positives, made using the additive process. On its way to the panchromatic black-and-white emulsion, the light passed through tiny potato starch grains, which were dyed orange, violet, and green. The colors can be quite vivid, if the plates have been well preserved and kept away form light. Although the process was developed by the Lumieres in France, the plates were available world wide. National Geographic’s early color reproductions were made from Autochrome slides.

  3. Jabba The Lucass

    The Senegalese pics are the most interesting, for mine.

    I never new they fought for the French(?). They’ve never been depicted in any WWI themed film I’ve seen before. Spielberg’s War Horse didn’t have a single ‘black’ person in it, if memory serves…


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