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« on: February 16, 2009, 12:48:25 AM »

http://demonicious.com/20090210/wwii-in-pictures/

Very cool to see these photos in color.  I have a friend who served in WWII as a chaplains assistant and it is amazing to listen to his stories...seeing these photos in color is almost surreal.
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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2009, 12:58:56 AM »

Seeing them in color its like its not real. WW2 and before the whole world was black and white to me. smile
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2009, 02:01:29 AM »

Awesome, thanks for posting them.
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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2009, 03:08:53 AM »

Quote from: Daehawk on February 16, 2009, 12:58:56 AM

Seeing them in color its like its not real. WW2 and before the whole world was black and white to me. smile

yeah, it's weird seeing the WW2 film footage colorized.
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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2009, 03:09:58 AM »

Incredible find.

I don't think the photos are colorized. I think they're authentic.

Also it says that most of the photos are of the allied camp....nearly all of them are German troops.
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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2009, 03:48:59 AM »

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on February 16, 2009, 03:09:58 AM

Incredible find.

I don't think the photos are colorized. I think they're authentic.

Also it says that most of the photos are of the allied camp....nearly all of them are German troops.

Yeah I had noticed that and forgot to mention it, the "caption" was wrong.
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« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2009, 04:34:11 AM »

Those are pretty amazing.

btw at least one of those pictures is colorized.  The one with the guys at a small table and the lady pouring a drink is.  You can tell by the odd contrasting especially on people's faces.  It makes them look like statues.
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« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2009, 07:11:00 AM »

They all seem a hell of a lot more real in colour don't they?  They seem more 'human'.  Some of those German kids look-well- a lot like kids!
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« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2009, 04:32:55 PM »

awesome thing to share, thanks a lot.
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« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2009, 04:38:09 PM »

I find things like this amazing, especially when I continue to learn something new.  For example, I had no idea that the breadth of WWII extended as far as Hoth.   icon_eek

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« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2009, 04:54:47 PM »

you know, if I was at home I'd photoshop an AT-AT or two into that pic.
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« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2009, 08:31:55 PM »



best I could do in 5 min
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« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2009, 08:47:55 PM »

My father was a navigator in the Air Force during WWII, and is now buried at one of the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial cemeteries (not killed during the war, he led a long and full life).  I remember him bringing home "Sad Sack" comic books and reading them to us when he was on leave.  About a year before his death, I located some original Sad Sack books to give him for his birthday, and have since inherited them back.  It's a treasure beyond compare. 

These photos really hit home for me - thanks for sharing them! 

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« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2009, 08:53:09 PM »

Incredible. There are a few that do look colorized, like the one mentioned earlier in the thread, and the 2nd to last of the gun firing. The explosion on that one looks like it's been painted on and doesn't look realistic at all. And if you look to the right of the image, you can see blue splotches which are different from the rest of the background, like if someone had been trying to fix the background using the same paintbrush as the one used for the explosion.
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« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2009, 08:57:46 PM »

Amphibious AT-ATs that walk on water? Amazing smile
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« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2009, 09:15:27 PM »

Quote from: Daehawk on February 16, 2009, 08:57:46 PM

Amphibious AT-ATs that walk on water? Amazing smile

For five minutes of work, yes smile
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« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2009, 09:25:26 PM »

I knew it. George Lucas couldn't come up with an original idea if it came up and smacked him on the forehead.
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« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2009, 08:19:07 AM »

LOL please make some more attempts at that pic.  I'd like to see one with AT-AT's and AT-ST's and a few...whatever you call em.  Flight vehicles that the Alliance used.
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« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2009, 08:42:18 AM »

Quote from: Canuck on February 17, 2009, 08:19:07 AM

LOL please make some more attempts at that pic.  I'd like to see one with AT-AT's and AT-ST's and a few...whatever you call em.  Flight vehicles that the Alliance used.
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« Reply #19 on: February 17, 2009, 11:56:17 AM »

Some more, saw this link on reddit.com

http://community.livejournal.com/photo_polygon/991878.html
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« Reply #20 on: February 17, 2009, 01:30:51 PM »

Quote from: Arkon on February 17, 2009, 11:56:17 AM


Another remarkable find, Arkon. Thanks.   Wow some of those photos are breathtaking- and a few of them of Hitler are positively intimate.  I'd think that I'd have come across at least a few of them in all the reading I used to do about WWII. Makes me wonder where these photos have been- somewhere in German archives?

Is that one photo of the attractive young lady next to Hitler- is that Eva Braun?

Also, I've always found Nazi pagentry remarkable- but to see it in color as the citizens would have, I can see why it was so easy to get a caught up in it. Just wow.
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« Reply #21 on: February 17, 2009, 03:28:02 PM »

This one:

http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/1073/022tk5.jpg

Is that his arm on the ground? eek
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« Reply #22 on: February 17, 2009, 03:33:00 PM »

Quote from: Shinjin on February 17, 2009, 03:28:02 PM

This one:

http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/1073/022tk5.jpg

Is that his arm on the ground? eek

Wow, looks like it.
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« Reply #23 on: February 17, 2009, 03:44:15 PM »

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on February 17, 2009, 01:30:51 PM


Is that one photo of the attractive young lady next to Hitler- is that Eva Braun?


A quick search says that is Maria Reiter, a former fiancee.
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« Reply #24 on: February 17, 2009, 04:25:40 PM »

Some amazing photos. Ya those stylish Nazis smile Red flags and black leather trench coats.

This is my favorite shot.
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« Reply #25 on: February 17, 2009, 04:48:57 PM »

Quote from: Redfive on February 17, 2009, 03:33:00 PM

Quote from: Shinjin on February 17, 2009, 03:28:02 PM

This one:

http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/1073/022tk5.jpg

Is that his arm on the ground? eek

Wow, looks like it.

That's exactly what I thought when I saw that one.  He looks more like he lost a leg, but the limb near him sure looks like an arm. Then I noticed that you can't actually see his left arm in the photo, or at least where it should be.

War photos are usually quite poignant - one shot shows folks "joking and smoking" or having tea, another depicts the gruesome reality.

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« Reply #26 on: February 17, 2009, 04:57:57 PM »

He does look like he lost his left arm but the hand on the ground looks like a right hand.
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« Reply #27 on: February 17, 2009, 05:02:01 PM »

Quote from: mytocles on February 17, 2009, 04:48:57 PM

Quote from: Redfive on February 17, 2009, 03:33:00 PM

Quote from: Shinjin on February 17, 2009, 03:28:02 PM

This one:

http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/1073/022tk5.jpg

Is that his arm on the ground? eek

Wow, looks like it.

That's exactly what I thought when I saw that one.  He looks more like he lost a leg, but the limb near him sure looks like an arm. Then I noticed that you can't actually see his left arm in the photo, or at least where it should be.

War photos are usually quite poignant - one shot shows folks "joking and smoking" or having tea, another depicts the gruesome reality.



I'm not sure it's his- it appears that the hand's thumb is facing towards the camera, which would make it a right arm, and that guy still has his.  id do agree, seeing pics like that mixed with the others can be quite disarming.  one of the ones from Arkons second link even has boobies!
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« Reply #28 on: February 17, 2009, 05:27:35 PM »

Yeah, it does look like a right arm, unless the grass is concealing more evidence - but it still looks like a right hand there.  I must've forgotten that most people have two of them and that they are different, duh.

Can anyone tell me what that thing is between his chin and his belt buckle?  Is it shrapnel sticking out of his chest, an innocent flap of the uniform, or an amputating device?  It's probably something very simple, but I've stared and stared at it and can't come up with an answer.   icon_eek
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« Reply #29 on: February 17, 2009, 07:17:46 PM »

They were bigoted, small minded and astoundingly inhuman at times...but man, did those nazis know how to dress.
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« Reply #30 on: February 17, 2009, 08:53:05 PM »

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on February 17, 2009, 01:30:51 PM

Also, I've always found Nazi pagentry remarkable- but to see it in color as the citizens would have, I can see why it was so easy to get a caught up in it. Just wow.

Yeah, no kidding. It's almost as if they were living like royalty despite the theatrics of war.

I saw a pretty interesting documentary about Hitler once. It was actually about his like of cars, and how he'd attend races before the war, how he commissioned the VW Bug, and how all of that translated to the machines of war when it came time to it. It was fascinating. An aspect of him you don't often get to hear about.
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« Reply #31 on: February 18, 2009, 01:16:13 AM »

Quote from: Rumpy on February 17, 2009, 08:53:05 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on February 17, 2009, 01:30:51 PM

Also, I've always found Nazi pagentry remarkable- but to see it in color as the citizens would have, I can see why it was so easy to get a caught up in it. Just wow.

Yeah, no kidding. It's almost as if they were living like royalty despite the theatrics of war.

I saw a pretty interesting documentary about Hitler once. It was actually about his like of cars, and how he'd attend races before the war, how he commissioned the VW Bug, and how all of that translated to the machines of war when it came time to it. It was fascinating. An aspect of him you don't often get to hear about.

The pagentry truly is incredible.  I really need to do more historical reading about WWII, or at least talk more often about it with my friend who was in the war. 

As a chaiplains assistant he saw alot of things that I hope to never see in picture tho.  He was often one of the first few people to arrive at the concentration camps after they were liberated so as to hold services for all the dead.  He was in Buchenwald the day it was liberated.
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