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22 Amazing Colour Photos Of The Second World War

  • 1. Flying over Egypt

    A Royal Air Force Lockheed Hudson Mk VI (AE626) of the Middle East Communications Flight flying over the pyramids.
    A Royal Air Force Lockheed Hudson Mk VI (AE626) of the Middle East Communications Flight flying over the pyramids.
    TR 1

    A Royal Air Force Lockheed Hudson Mk VI (AE626) of the Middle East Communications Flight flying over the Egyptian pyramids, 1942.

  • 2. Watching the skies

    An Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) spotter with binoculars at an anti-aircraft command post.
    An Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) spotter with binoculars at an anti-aircraft command post.
    TR 454

    An Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) spotter with binoculars at an anti-aircraft command post, December 1942.

  • 3. Making new friends

    Two soldiers of the Royal Military Police in occupied Austria with Anna, a four-year-old Austrian girl.
    Two soldiers of the Royal Military Police in occupied Austria with Anna, a four-year-old Austrian girl.
    TR 2869

    Two soldiers of the Royal Military Police with Anna, a four-year-old Austrian girl with whose family the men were billeted, in the Klagenfurt area of occupied Austria, May 1945.

  • 4. Suiting up

    Men of the Airborne Division adjust their harnesses alongside an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley 'PX-G'.
    Men of the Airborne Division adjust their harnesses alongside an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley 'PX-G'.
    TR 185A

    Men of the Airborne Division adjust their harnesses alongside an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley 'PX-G' of No. 295 Squadron RAF, October 1942.

  • 5. Playing cards

    Men of the Royal Navy play cards on board the submarine HMS <em>Tribune</em>.
    Men of the Royal Navy play cards on board the submarine HMS Tribune.
    TR 512

    Men of the Royal Navy play cards on board the submarine HMS Tribune, 1942.

  • 6. Churchill and his chiefs of staff

    Winston Churchill with his chiefs of staff in the garden of No. 10 Downing Street on the day Germany surrendered to the Allies.
    Winston Churchill with his chiefs of staff in the garden of No. 10 Downing Street on the day Germany surrendered to the Allies.
    TR 2839

    Winston Churchill with his chiefs of staff in the garden of No. 10 Downing Street on the day Germany surrendered to the Allies, 7 May 1945. Seated left to right: Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Portal, Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham. Standing left to right: Secretary to the Chiefs of Staffs Committee Major-General L C Hollis and Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence General Sir Hastings Ismay.

  • 7. Touring Athens

    Sergeant R Gregory photographs Driver A Hardman during a tour of the Acropolis in Athens.
    Sergeant R Gregory photographs Driver A Hardman during a tour of the Acropolis in Athens.
    TR 2510

    Sergeant R Gregory photographs Driver A Hardman during a tour of the Acropolis in Athens, October 1944.

  • 8. On the lochs of Scotland

    An officer and a rating launch a dinghy from HMS <em>Forth</em> on Holy Loch, Scotland
    An officer and a rating launch a dinghy from HMS Forth on Holy Loch, Scotland
    TR 537

    An officer and a rating launch a dinghy from HMS Forth on Holy Loch, Scotland, 1942.

  • 9. Training

    Private T Henderson practices an assault with a fixed bayonet during training.
    Private T Henderson practices an assault with a fixed bayonet during training.
    TR 1598

    Private T Henderson practices an assault with a fixed bayonet during training, 1944.

  • 10. 'Wrens' at work

    Armourers of the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) re-arm a Hawker Hurricane aircraft.
    Armourers of the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) re-arm a Hawker Hurricane aircraft.
    TR 1274

    Armourers of the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) re-arm a Hawker Hurricane aircraft at the Fleet Air Arm airfield at Yeovilton, Somerset, 2 September 1943.

  • 11. Tanks on manoeuvres in Britain

    Churchill tanks of A and B Squadrons, 43rd Battalion, Royal Tank Regiment, 33rd Brigade negotiating obstacles.
    Churchill tanks of A and B Squadrons, 43rd Battalion, Royal Tank Regiment, 33rd Brigade negotiating obstacles.
    TR 215

    Churchill tanks of A and B Squadrons, 43rd Battalion, Royal Tank Regiment, 33rd Brigade negotiate obstacles during training, October 1942.

  • 12. 'Wrens' touring Quebec

    WRNS office are shown the sights of Quebec by a member of the Canadian Mounted Police Force after the first Quebec Conference.
    WRNS office are shown the sights of Quebec by a member of the Canadian Mounted Police Force after the first Quebec Conference.
    TR 1277

    WRNS officers are shown the sights of Quebec by a member of the Canadian Mounted Police Force after the first Quebec Conference, 23 August 1943.

  • 13. Signalling

    A signaller operates an Aldis lamp on board a British warship, 1942.
    A signaller operates an Aldis lamp on board a British warship, 1942.
    TR 91

    A signaller operates an Aldis lamp on board a British warship, 1942.

  • 14. Along the Suez Canal

    HMS <em>Howe</em> passes through the Suez Canal on her way to join the British Pacific Fleet.
    HMS Howe passes through the Suez Canal on her way to join the British Pacific Fleet.
    TR 2618

    HMS Howe passes through the Suez Canal on her way to join the British Pacific Fleet, 14 July 1944.

  • 15. Protecting the home front

    Members of the ATS operate the height and range finder at an anti-aircraft gun site.
    Members of the ATS operate the height and range finder at an anti-aircraft gun site.
    TR 466

    Members of the ATS operate the height and range finder at an anti-aircraft gun site, December 1942.

  • 16. Bomb damage in London

    A view of bomb damage in the area around St Paul's Cathedral.
    A view of bomb damage in the area around St Paul's Cathedral.
    TR 1693

    A view of bomb damage in the area around St Paul's Cathedral, 1944.

  • 17. RAF cadets in South Africa

    RAF cadets watching a Zulu war dance, Johannesburg.
    RAF cadets watching a Zulu war dance, Johannesburg.
    TR 1206

    RAF cadets watching a traditional Zulu dance in Johannesburg, September 1943.

  • 18. Ladies Day

    Wives and sweethearts visit on board the SS <em>Empire Faith</em> before the ship heads out to sea again.
    Wives and sweethearts visit on board the SS Empire Faith before the ship heads out to sea again.
    TR 755

    Wives and sweethearts visit on board the SS Empire Faith before the ship heads out to sea again, 16 February 1943.

  • 19. On the ground in Tunisia

    Soldiers of the Eighth Army in Tunisia fire a 4.5-inch gun four miles from the enemy lines.
    Soldiers of the Eighth Army in Tunisia fire a 4.5-inch gun four miles from the enemy lines.
    TR 1004

    Soldiers of the Eighth Army in Tunisia fire a 4.5-inch gun four miles from the enemy lines, 1943.

  • 20. Meal time

    A naval rating collects bread for his mess from the battleship's bakery.
    A naval rating collects bread for his mess from the battleship's bakery.
    TR 340

    A naval rating collects bread for his mess from the battleship's bakery, November 1942.

  • 21. Watching the coast

    Two men of the Royal Observer Corps on a cliff top near Dover.
    Two men of the Royal Observer Corps on a cliff top near Dover.
    TR 1443

    Two men of the Royal Observer Corps on a cliff top near Dover, 1943.

  • 22. Short back and sides?

    Flight Lieutenant H J F Joncas of No. 417 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, having a haircut in the Tunisian desert.
    Flight Lieutenant H J F Joncas of No. 417 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, having a haircut in the Tunisian desert.
    TR 831

    Flight Lieutenant H J F Joncas of No. 417 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, having a haircut in the Tunisian desert, April 1943.