Second World War in colour: Rare photos show life during the conflict with Germany
A new book from the Imperial War Museums (IWM) includes rarely seen colour images taken by official photographers, as well as news agencies, freelancers and even air crews, many of which are being published for the first time.
The scarcity of colour film and the high cost of reproducing it in printed publications during the World War Two means that for most people today the war is a black and white conflict.
General Dwight D Eisenhower and his senior commanders at Supreme Allied Headquarters in London, 1944
US Eighth Air Force, on a mission to attack the U-boat pens at Lorient
The images in this book show the vivid hues of the flames and fabrics, the intense blue skies, the sun-tanned faces and the myriad of colours of military camouflage
But the photographs in the book, The Second World War in Colour, bring it vividly to life with images that look as if they were taken yesterday – or come from a film set.
They range from the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force preparing parachutes for use during the invasion of Europe to shots of troops in training, stationed in Italy and Tunisia, and sightseeing in Greece.
Wing Commander James ÔJohnnieÕ Johnson, with his Spitfire and pet Labrador Sally in Normandy
German heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper abandoned in dry dock at Kiel
There are images of General Dwight D…