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Iwo Jima - A wounded US Marine holding the piece of shrapnel that was removed from his neck in the invasion of Iwo Jima, February 20, 1945.

Iwo Jima - A wounded US Marine holding the piece of shrapnel that was removed from his neck in the invasion of Iwo Jima, February 20, 1945.

These coloured photos of the world wars always shock me more than I expect.

It's one thing to see an imagine in black and white because my first impression is that it's from a movie, or that it happened long ago and I can't relate.

But these coloured images... They always hit me so hard.

Wonderful work! Thank you

Please give Richard a warm welcome to the Subreddit, everyone - glad to have him here!

Thank you all for inviting me to be part of this amazing Subreddit.

This has got to be the politest subreddit on the entire website

Mugshot of Jack Leon Ruby - Dallas nightclub owner who fatally shot Lee Harvey Oswald (the man charged with assassinating U.S. President John F. Kennedy) - November 24, 1963

Mugshot of Jack Leon Ruby - Dallas nightclub owner who fatally shot Lee Harvey Oswald (the man charged with assassinating U.S. President John F. Kennedy) - November 24, 1963

I'm not one for conspiracy theories, but Jack Ruby never did quite make sense to me. Why kill someone who was most likely going to get capital punishment anyway? It's like shooting someone who's sitting in an electric chair. There's been several reports over the years that he might have been involved in organized crime, and that his killing of Oswald was in connection with this. It's also awfully convenient that he died from cancer right before his second trial.

I live in Dallas, and eat at his favorite Italian restaurant occasionally. There's pictures of famous people, including him with the owner that definitely had mob ties. Not sure if that means anything.

I was under the impression his mob ties were unquestioned.

It doesn't automatically suggest a mob connection to the assassinations as back then the Mafia would have tens of thousands of men and women on their payroll.

I've never really been convinced of why he shot Oswald.

"All Help for Russia Now" - Factory workers ride on Valentine Mk2 tanks as they leave a factory in Smethwick - September 22, 1941

"All Help for Russia Now" - Factory workers ride on Valentine Mk2 tanks as they leave a factory in Smethwick - September 22, 1941

Wow, it’s incredible how much relations changed between then and after WW2 ended.

This is one of the best colorized photos I've ever seen, very skillfully done

They weren’t really friendly at the time. There was a lot of espionage activities between the two sides during the war and the A bombs were at least partially a warning to Russia. We’d supported the white army in the civil war following the Bolshevik uprising and Churchill detested communism.

It was a marriage of convenience for the most part.

"All Help for Russia Now"

Workers at the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company celebrate the handing over of the first of many Valentine MK2 tanks made for the Russian front , in front of a workshop in Smethwick - September 22, 1941

The Victory-V signs decorating the tank were made of stickers that read: "Speed the Tanks – for Russia!" The workers are holding a Union flag and a Russian flag and many have their fists raised in a Communist salute.

Present were the Russian Ambassador to Britain Ivan Maisky and Harold Macmillan, who was at that time Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply.

Speaking to the workers in Smethwick, Maisky declared that the tanks “will not rust in idleness” but would be sent to the front line as soon as they arrived in Russia. The first British tanks went into action on November 20, 1941, in the Battle of Moscow.

The first tank to leave the works was named Stalin and Mrs Maisky performed the honours, unveiling the name that had been covered by a Soviet flag.

*info via > birminghammail.co.uk & IWM

Abraham Lincoln, 1860.

Abraham Lincoln, 1860.

Seeing him in colour makes him feel like a real person that actually lived and not just some guy from the history books

Also, great work OP looks really nice

He was never a handsome man, but if you compare this photo to the ones near the end of the war the difference is unreal. Dude aged 20 years.

Edit: I'm not saying he was ugly, but he definitely wasn't very good looking. I think striking might be a good description.

“Do you think I’d look better with a beard? Maybe some sideburns? What about a top hat? I’m still young, my whole life ahead of me”

What I always think is interesting is how the styled hair has stayed in style for 200 years

Albert Einstein was born on this day in 1879.

Albert Einstein was born on this day in 1879.

Hawking died on Einsteins birthday.... huh.

Edit: to cut down on the full inbox of people pointing out the 1/365 chance here... my “huh” has no question mark, which I typed that way to imply that it was mildly interesting, not that I was thinking there was some cosmic meaning behind it. May the force be with you all. Nerds.

Amazing how he wrote all those plays in one day.

-Actual picture of Einstein the day he was born

not only same day as hawking's death, but they died the same age.. crazy

Harriet Tubman - photographed in 1868 - American abolitionist, humanitarian, armed scout and spy for the United States Army during the American Civil War.

Harriet Tubman - photographed in 1868 - American abolitionist, humanitarian, armed scout and spy for the United States Army during the American Civil War.

She was a real bad ass..

Why hasn’t Hollywood made a movie about her yet?

Harriet Tubman - 1868

c. 1822[1] – March 10, 1913

"American abolitionist, humanitarian, armed scout and spy for the United States Army during the American Civil War. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved people, family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped abolitionist John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and in the post-war era was an active participant in the struggle for women's suffrage." wiki

There's one in the making actually, starring Cynthia Erivo

https://variety.com/2016/film/news/harriet-tubman-movie-1201764699/

Patriotic American. Thank you Mrs. Tubman.

An unidentified American soldier, shot dead by a German sniper, clutches his rifle and hand grenade, March 1945, Coblenz, Germany.

An unidentified American soldier, shot dead by a German sniper, clutches his rifle and hand grenade, March 1945, Coblenz, Germany.

Always pains me to see pictures like these, when you know had he lived an extra two months, he could have survived the war and gone home. Great job on the colourisation, really poignant.

It's sad to think how close this was to the end of the war. :-/ Then, couple that with the fact it was a sniper shot and he probably never saw it coming. War is tragic.

I’d definitely rather get tagged by a sniper without realizing what hit me than spend an hour bleeding out and wondering why I found myself dying in a foreign land away from my loved ones

It’s why we have to honour the dead

Dick Winters and his Easy Company (HBO's Band of Brothers) lounging at Eagle's Nest, Hitler's former residence in the Bavarian Alps, 1945.

Dick Winters and his Easy Company (HBO's Band of Brothers) lounging at Eagle's Nest, Hitler's former residence in the Bavarian Alps, 1945.

Every other few weeks, Reddit reminds me to rewatch that series. Amazing work on the colouring, by the way ! Can anyone add a who's who, since we only really know the face of the actors who play them ?

Imagine the shit that they went through since D-day and then to end up there. What a sense of victory those guys would have had. They climbed the metaphorical everest and got to the peak. Now time to rewatch Band of Brothers and cry like a bitch.

They are, left to right: Polack, Gibson, Walker, Patterson, Schuman, Mihok, Nixon, Henderson, Winters, Haddy, Cox, Welsh.

Just rewatched it recently and caught a few young faces i hadn't recognized before: Tom Hardy, Michael Fassbender, and James McAvoy.

Pistol Pete - Frank Eaton (1860-1958) > Career lawman in Oklahoma, US.

Pistol Pete - Frank Eaton (1860-1958) > Career lawman in Oklahoma, US.

"A former deputy U.S. Marshall who claimed to have killed 11 men with the Colt .45 he wore strapped to his side. He served as deputy U.S. Marshall under Judge Isaac C. Paker "hanging judge" in the Indian Territory. Frank Eaton was known as "Pistol Pete," a nickname he acquired at the age of fifteen when he outshot U.S. cavalry men in a contest at Fort Gibson,Oklahoma. In 1923, Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University) students asked him to be the model for the campus mascot. The university still uses Pistol Pete as its mascot today." - findagrave.com

This guy could tell you some tales!

It kind of blows my mind that someone could be alive during both the Civil War, and the Vietnam War.

I wouldn't mess with that dude...

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/a4/56/4f/a4564f9f471b956dfb8e42d99e99d682--pistol-pete-oklahoma-state-university.jpg

I wouldn't mess with that dude...

Yesterday marked the 75th anniversary of the death of Sophie Scholl. An anti-Nazi political activist, she was convicted of high treason after having been found distributing anti-war leaflets at the LMU with her brother, Hans. As a result, they were both executed by guillotine.

Yesterday marked the 75th anniversary of the death of Sophie Scholl. An anti-Nazi political activist, she was convicted of high treason after having been found distributing anti-war leaflets at the LMU with her brother, Hans. As a result, they were both executed by guillotine.

Of course, the terrible things I heard from the Nuremberg Trials, about the six million Jews and the people from other races who were killed, were facts that shocked me deeply. But I wasn't able to see the connection with my own past. I was satisfied that I wasn't personally to blame and that I hadn't known about those things. I wasn't aware of the extent. But one day I went past the memorial plaque which had been put up for Sophie Scholl in Franz Josef Strasse, and I saw that she was born the same year as me, and she was executed the same year I started working for Hitler. And at that moment I actually sensed that it was no excuse to be young, and that it would have been possible to find things out.

- Traudl Junge (the woman the film Downfall is largely based on, who had been secretary to Hitler), speaking in 2002.

And let's just think for a moment that she did what she did by the age of 21.

My grandfather was on the other end of the war. He was from Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia) and was 14 when the end of the war was close. One day, some German soldiers came to his village and forced him to go with them (as he was and much of the village was from German decent and Hitler was loosing). The soldiers said they would burn down his mothers house if he didn’t come (they also took a lot of the older villagers and other young boys). Anyway, it wasn’t long after he was taken that they were captured by Russian soldiers, they took him to a concentration camp where they made them dip up mass graves and rebury the bodies elsewhere. After some time (im not sure how long) the soldiers took him and all the other people out and marched them to a field. He was at the back of the group and the Russian solider at the back took pity (I’m guessing) on him and told him to run. He ran into the pine forest and kept running. He said he could hear everyone else being shot. I’m not sure how he survived the next part, but he was in Russia at this point, close to Poland and walked all the way from the top of Poland back to his village in Slovakia. He said along the way he stole a shovel so that if people asked why he was there, he could say he was just a Czech worker (apparently worked). I actually have no idea how he knew where he was going, but he said he knew where he was going because of a the mountain range that he lived by in his village (I would of walked to the wrong one). Anyway, now 15/16 year old pops made it home, miraculously, only to then be kicked out of then Czechoslovakia, because they were of German decent. They lost all their land, their mills and 700 years of village life. They made their way to east Germany, only to be told they couldn’t stay there either. So they had two choices; Canada or Australia, but my great grandmother said she didn’t want to have to have cold winters like in Slovakia, so they moved to Australia, lived in a refugee camp for awhile, then got moved to an old cows shed for a live to work kind of agreement for two years. He then met my grandmother there. This story always amazes me so thought I would share. Sort of irrelevant to this though, but he was so young and went through so much and his and so many others stories never get told, so yeah. Side note, Slovakia did offer their land and mills back a few years ago, but they had to buy it back. However, some weasel of a 3rd cousin who lived in Slovakia still bought it first, even though he had nothing to do with any of it. Related through marriage.

Edit: Thanks for the gold, never thought this day would come.

I did a bicycle tour of Munich that stopped at a beautiful cobbled courtyard with stone leaflets embedded into the stones. Beautiful tribute.

If I recall correctly, the anti-war leaflets detailed the treatment of Jews and the death camps. She had a chance to say she was coerced to get out of the death sentence but she refused.

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