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World War One in Colour - Part 1 - Everyday Life During Wartime

- Franny Wentzel - Friday, July 2nd, 2010 : goo

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Images collected from the French National Archives...

...of soldiers and civilians on or near the Western Front. One must presume these were taken during a lull in the fighting due to the long exposure times required by colour film.

I had to 'walk' these image files so I have no data as to when or where these were taken.

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random civlians

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Volunteers - or conscripts? - from France's colonial terrirories

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Everyday scenes on the battle front

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Battlefield blacksmith

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Hold my rifle while I take a leak...

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I wonder how many soldiers had homes close to their station on the front?

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Surly dudes in berets - fear them

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No... really...

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Good morning!

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Catching up on the news...

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I'm a war child... I'm a war baby...

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and that's the difference... between you and me...

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I thinks that's a manual fire pumper

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Posing in the rubble

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Even the dead will not know peace...

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Weird scenes inside the gold mine...

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Ride the highway west baby...

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and nobody takes any notice of the fresh bullet holes

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Sometimes there was time for a shave...

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...and a haircut

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and other housekeeping chores

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a drink

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a bite to eat

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and maybe a letter home

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Men of God in the Valley of Death

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Behind every Man of God...

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image 43347 an army of women

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To care for those left behind

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Till the defeat of 1870 is avenged!

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TPA: 2nd Jul 2010 - 22:30 GMT

Great pictures, but the captions just seem to irritate me, a little more background on the pictures would've been nice :)

Judge Holden: 2nd Jul 2010 - 22:36 GMT

I believe the fellows in the olive-drabs are ANZAC, not Yanks, as the caption says. Just a guess.

Franny Wentzel: 2nd Jul 2010 - 23:17 GMT

I had to resort to a directory 'walk' through the French National Archies to get my copies of these images so I wasn't able to get any data on the images so any caption on my part is a guess.

Another site was able to get hold of the same set of images from the and with some - translated - captioning data.

Of course, I find this out AFTER posting this. C'est le Guerre...

LUDEN: 3rd Jul 2010 - 00:30 GMT

The folks with the title "yanks" are indeed ANZAC soldiers. Australia New Zealand Army Corps.

Pete: 3rd Jul 2010 - 05:49 GMT

Came to say the same as a couple of others. Those "Yanks" are ANZACs. All the same, it's a hell of set of photos.

Olya: 3rd Jul 2010 - 15:58 GMT

Fantastic photos, but unnecessarily annoying captions.
Some background on the photos would be fantastic.

(lKj): Franny Wetzel: C'est _la_ guerre

Sara: They alll look so young...

Postpip: Great collection......

CartLegger: 6th Jul 2010 - 18:34 GMT

What I love about this collection is that all of these great photos are on the same page, all we need to do is scroll! I've been using these photos every year, but the sites they were on are spread out. Thanks for putting them on one easy to read page!

I'd agree with Olya, that the captions are a bit annoying--only so far as they don't deal well with the gravity of the topic.

But in your careful curation, you've done a real service to the online community, and students of history, too!

Bb2ru: Outstanding Pics, thanks

Michelle: 4th Aug 2010 - 03:15 GMT

Hey these are great, and the captions aren't THAT bad!

Brian Sanders: 23rd Oct 2010 - 13:46 GMT

This is an amazing collection of photographs. The wonderful colour makes them look as though they are of recent events rather than ninety plus years ago

Amedeo : Very interesting

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