First World War in Colour

When you look at old black and white photos, the past seems very far away. This is no more so true than First World War pictures. And yet in the course of time, it was only yesterday.

The Vimy Foundation is launching a project to bring Canada’s First World war efforts to life. We will colourize 100 photos from the First World War and plan to release a book with these images to help bridge the gap between Canadians today and the soldiers, nurses, engineers, mothers and children of 100 years ago.

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Canadian soldiers returning from Vimy Ridge
Photo courtesy of: Canadian War Museum George Metcalf Archival Collection 19920085-295
Colourized for the first time ever by Canadian Colour

Ensuring that the digital colourization is historically accurate is both painstaking and expensive work. Help us to complete this valuable project prior to the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 2017. 

Donate now to support the First World War in Colour collection

Scroll down to see some of the current images in the collection.

A little French paper boy selling English papers in Canadian line. June, 1917.

ColourizationHalf - boy with newspaper

Gen. Currie telling now Vimy Ridge was taken. Visit of Canadian Journalists to the Front. July, 1918.

ColourizationHalf - currie at vimy

Battle of Amiens. Tanks advancing. Prisoners bring in wounded wearing gas masks. Aug 1918.

ColourizationHalf - gasmask

Pack horses taking up ammunition to guns of 20th Bty CFA Neuville St. Vaast, April 1917

ColourizationHalf - horses

Canadian and German wounded help one another through the mud during the capture of Passchendaele. November, 1917

ColourizationHalf - injured in mud

Canadians filling their water bottles, etc. Amiens, August 1918

ColourizationHalf - water


All photos courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.
Colourized for the first time ever by Canadian Colour.

 Stay tuned as additional photos will be added to our collection in coming months!