Colors of World War II

Historical photos colorized by Emma Malleret

In this article we would like to present photographs taken during the Second World War. All these photos were colorized by Emma Malleret, 20-year-old French student of Cinema of Université Clermont Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand. Emma started colorizing photos two years ago and as she loved it right away.

You can find more photos colorized by Emma on her Instagram colorsofww2.

She is planning to professionally color historical photos, so we recommend following her profile. You can also request colouring your photo by messaging her by her Facebook page.

Danish SS-Untersturmfürhrer Ellef Henry Rasmussen, from 5th SS Panzer “Wiking” Division. Photo was taken in 1944, on the Narva front, Estonia.
Photo of Richard Davis “Dick” Winters, United States Army officer. He was the commander of famous Easy Company of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. Dick Winters was one of main characters in HBO mini-series Band of Brothers.
Belgian politician Léon Degrelle, nazi collabolator who enlisted into German army and fought on the Eastern Front. After the World War II, he went into exile in Francoist Spain and became a prominent neo-nazi politician.
Erwin Rommel “Desert Fox”, German field marshal during World War II. He was implicated in the 20 July plot to assassinate Hitler. Rommel was forced to commit suicide using a cyanide pill.
Soviet tankist in Berlin, 1945
A member of French Resistance
Kam brothers – Poul, Søren and Erik, Danes who fought in ranks of German 5th SS Panzer Division “Wiking”. Photo taken in 1943.
Heinrich Himmler, leading member of nazi party in Germany and one of people directly responsible for Holocaust in occupied European countries.
Joachim Peiper, field officer in the Waffen-SS during World War II and personal adjutant to Heinrich Himmler on 1940 and 1941. He was convicted of war crimes in Belgium during the war. He was murdered in France in 1976.
German paratrooper
Lyudmila Pavlichenko “Lady Death”, Soviet sniper during World War II, credited with 309 kills, including 36 enemy snipers. She is considered as one of top military snipers in history.
Canadian pilot Georges Nadon
A Canadian soldier

We have asked Emma why she is working mostly on photos of German soldiers. That’s how she replied:

Many people ask me “why do you colourize only Germans”, and the answer for me is simple. To me, everybody deserve the memory. German soldiers were human too, and I want to share their memory.

We are glad to see also other nations on these photographs, and we hope to see many other World War II photos colorized very soon.

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