WW1 in colour
A book of previously unseen colour images of World War One, has been released by publisher Taschen. Taken at the time by a small group of photographers pioneering recently developed autochrome technology, and now assembled from archives in Europe, the United States and Australia, the collection of more than 320 colour pictures provide unique documentation of the period – from the mobilisation of 1914 to victory celebrations in Paris, London and New York in 1919. Almost a century on, they’re an incredible account of a global conflict that is rarely seen in anything but grainy black and white footage.
- German trench canteen.
- British ambulance, 1914. Motorisation made possible the large-scale and relatively quick transport of the wounded to the medical staging area for the first time.
- A British tank from the Mark series in Péronne near Amiens. Tanks were first used in autumn 1916 by the British to break the deadlocked fronts.
- View across the Meuse of the devastated Verdun.
- Soldiers pose in a concrete trench.
- Ammunition depot in France, 1918, showing the spent shells.
- French airship Alsace shot down on 3 October 1915, near Rethel. The crew survived unharmed and were taken prisoner. Airships were not just used for aerial reconnaissance, but also for the bombardment of civilian and military targets.
The First World War in Colour by Peter Walther. Dhs210 from TASCHEN