World War 1 in Colour (Photos)

2014 marks 100 years since the beginning of World War 1. As described on the First World War Centenary website:

"By the end of the First World War there were very few people in the countries that took part who remained unaffected. The war reached out and touched almost everyone’s life in some way or other."

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of war, The Open University has enlisted the help of In the Company of Huskies, to 'colourise' some of the unique and interesting photos that were taken during the time. Although the original images were only available in black and white, colour has been added retrospectively to help bring them to life.

Take a look through the photo set, with additional details listed below each image.

A trench on the Albanian front in 1918. A soldier receives a hair cut from an Alpine barber.

Original copyright The British Library - view original

A soldier and horse wear gas masks at the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps Headquarters.

Original copyright Library and Archives Canada - view original

"Your Help is Needed" - A young boy and girl ride in a decorated toy car to promote the Red Cross during a charity fundraising event in Adelaide, Australia.

Original copyright State Library of South Australia - view original

Indian infantry wearing gas masks in a trench, 1915, prepared for a gas attack.

Original copyright The British Library - view original

Members of the 1st Australian Imperial Force at a camp in Australia (circa 1916).

Original copyright State Library of South Australia - view original

A mobile pigeon loft, enabling messages to be sent from the Front Line back to headquarters. The BBC reports that 100,000 carrier pigeons were used as messengers throughout the First World War, and records show they delivered 95% of their messages correctly.

Original copyright London Transport Museum - view source

A group of soldiers advance from a trench, over a protective sandbag wall (circa 1915).

Original copyright The British Library - view original

Canadian infantry with the mascot of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Battalion, August 1916.

Original copyright Library and Archives Canada - view original

German Field Artillery Regiment crew, with a 7.7 cm Feldkanone 96 field gun, 1914.

Original copyright 'drakegoodman' (Flickr) - view original

"Welcome Home" - Cleveland Frank Snoswell returns home from the First World War, Australia.

Original copyright State Library of South Australia - view original

More history from The Open University:

Watch Britain's Great War with Jeremy Paxman

BA (Hons) History degree

MA in History

Updated 
25 July, 2014 - 17:53