Photos From Korea to the Falkland Islands - colourised images of conflicts after World War II.

Excellent pictures @santana !

Members of the 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers receive gift parcels from home. Bren gunner Private Duncan Smith glances over his shoulder to make sure he is not left out of the distribution of parcels to his "B" Company friends. Presenting the parcels is Corporal Bob Kelly and from left to right are: Private Bob Grieve, Lance Corporal Arnold Bennett and Private Bill Stevenson. 1951-52


(Photo source - © IWM MH 31508)
(Colourised by Royston Leonard)
Harold Gregory "Hal" Moore, Jr.
February 13, 1922 – February 10, 2017


"United States Army lieutenant general and author. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, which is the U.S. military's second highest decoration for valor, and was the first of his West Point class (1945) to be promoted to brigadier general, major general, and lieutenant general.

Moore is best remembered as the lieutenant colonel in command of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, at the Battle of Ia Drang in 1965, during the Vietnam War. The battle was made into the movie We Were Soldiers in 2002, which starred actor Mel Gibson as Moore; Moore was the "honorary colonel" of the regiment.

In 2007, Moore's volunteer driver wrote a book on Moore's personal religious journey titled A General's Spiritual Journey. In 2013, author Mike Guardia published the first full-length biography of Moore's life and career titled Hal Moore: A Soldier Once...and Always.

Moore was awarded the Order of Saint Maurice by the National Infantry Association as well as the Distinguished Graduate Award by the West Point Association of Graduates." - wiki
'Battle of Mount Longdon'


The Battle of Mount Longdon was an engagement of the Falklands War between British and Argentine forces, which took place on 11–12 June 1982, resulting in the British victory and their occupation of a key position around the besieged Argentine garrison.
Finnish and Swedish peacekeepers in Cyprus 1964.


United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) is a United Nations peacekeeping force that was established under United Nations Security Council Resolution 186 in 1964 to prevent a recurrence of fighting following intercommunal violence between the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, to contribute to the maintenance and restoration of law and order and to facilitate a return to normal conditions.
US soldiers prepare to advance along the Han River area, Korea, in their M-4A3E8 Sherman tank (painted with a 'tiger scheme' as a psychological effort to undermine Chinese morale), during the offensive launched by the 5th Regimental Combat Team against the Chinese forces in that area.
February 18th 1951.


Left to Right: Cpl John T. Clark (Union, SC); Cpl James E. Kishbaugh (Nescopeck, PA); Sgt Frank C. Allen (Etiwanda, CA); Sgt Theodore R. Liberty (Bushton, MA); and Cpl William J. Bohmback (Boston, MA).

'Operation Courageous' (22-28 March 1951) was a military operation performed by the United States Army during the Korean War designed to trap large numbers of Chinese and North Korean troops between the Han and Imjin Rivers north of Seoul, opposite the South Korean I Corps. The intent of Operation Courageous was for I Corps, which was composed of the U.S. 25th and 3rd Infantry Divisions and the Republic of Korea (ROK) 1st Infantry Division, to advance quickly on the North Korean and Chinese troops and reach the Imjin River with all possible speed.

Source: US Army - Department of Defense visual information (DVIC)

(Colorised by Jean Marie Gillet from France)
A US Marine at the 1st Marine Division outpost near the “No Fire” truce site at Panmunjom, Korea. June/July 1952


(An unpublished 'Life' magazine photograph by Michael Rougier)

(Colorized by Noah Werner Winslow)
Four U.S. Air Force North American F-86E Sabre fighters of the 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing over Korea on 22 May 1953.


The aircraft "FU-649" (s/n 50-649) and "FU-653" (50-653) are F-86E-5-NA models, "FU-793" (51-2793) is a F-86E-10-NA, whereas "FU-882" (52-2882) is a F-86E-6-CAN that was originally built by Canadair (ex-RCAF 19351), but delivered to the USAF.
50-653 is today on display at Hickam Air Force Base (Honululu International Airport), Oahu, Hawaii (USA).

(Source - National Archives and Records Administration - 542186)

(Colourised by Mike Gepp from Australia)
"Face of War." Private Heath Matthews (aged 19) of 'C' Company, 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, awaiting medical aid after a night patrol near Hill 166, 22 June 1952.


Heath Matthews enlisted in the Canadian Army Special Force for service in Korea shortly after the outbreak of war in 1950. He was 18 years old at the time. Private Matthews served in Korea with Charles Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Canadian Regiment (1 RCR) during 1952 – 1953.

While acting as a signaller, Heath Matthews participated in a company-sized fighting patrol on the night of 21 – 22 June 1952. The action was a raid against a Chinese position near Hill 166, west of the Jamestown Line. As the objective was neared the patrol was caught in a devastating enemy mortar barrage. Two Canadians were killed and several wounded. Hit in the face by shrapnel, Heath Matthews was one of the wounded.

On the morning of 22 June as a wounded member of the Charles Company patrol waited outside a front line bunker to receive medical treatment, Sergeant Paul E. Tomelin, an army photographer of the No. 25 Canadian Public Relations Unit, snapped a highly evocative photo of this dazed and wounded soldier.

Tomelin’s photograph would become the iconic picture of the Canadian involvement in the Korean War and would subsequently be dubbed as “The Face of War”. Of this now famous photograph one future reviewer would comment, “Among the hundreds of outstanding photographs in this presentation is one from the Korean conflict entitled The Face of War. Taken by Paul Tomelin, it’s a black and white portrait of a Canadian soldier just after a night raid on the enemy. Private Heath Matthews’ face is covered in blood as he awaits medical attention for his superficial lacerations. The blood, combined with the weary and astonished expression on the young soldier’s face, effectively portrays the terror of war. Looking at such a poignant image, one cannot help but feel a certain degree of admiration for the photographer himself.”

American soldiers/marines take protection behind a stone wall on the Korean front near the Choyang River in North Korea in June of 1951.



(Color by Jecinci)
Māori gun crew in Korea, 1953


A Māori gun crew from 162nd Battery of the 16th Field Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery, smile for the camera in Korea in 1953. From left are gunners P. Te Kani, W. Martin, J. J. Hudson and B. Manga, and Lance Bombardier J. T. Popata.
In contrast to the world wars there were no formal Māori units in Korea. Officially Māori and Pākehā served together. Despite this, Māori often informally organised themselves into gun crews or other small units. For some Pākehā serving in mixed units it was their first experience of extended contact with Māori. Although the Māori migration to the cities had begun by the early 1950s, the majority of Māori still lived in rural areas, such as the East Coast and Northland.

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(Color today by Jecinci)
US Navy Corsair fighters of VF-114 'Executioners' prepare to take off from the deck of the USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) of Navy Task Force 77, operating off the southwest coast of Korea in 1951/52.

Captain Pat Favre attending a briefing in the early 1970's. Capt. Favre flew an F-4 'Wild Weasel.' Wild Weasel is a code name given by the United States Armed Forces, specifically the US Air Force, to an aircraft, of any type, equipped with radar-seeking missiles and tasked with destroying the radars and SAM installations of enemy air defense systems.

US Marines of the 1st Marine Division relax by a Korean hut after destroying an enemy sniper housed there. September 24, 1951.
They are left to right: Cpl Walter J. Lyons, Cpl John J. Raferty, Staff Sgt George R. Sullivan, and Cpl Joseph F. McCullough


(Photographer - T. Sgt. Frank W. Sewell. (Marine Corps) NARA FILE #: 127-N-A156980)

(Colorized by Lori Lang from the USA)
The M4A3R3 variant of the Sherman tank on exercises in Korea. 18 September 1953.


This M4A3(105) HVSS Sherman is fitted with a flame gun mounted coaxially with its 105mm howitzer. Howitzer ammunition stowage was reduced to 20 rounds.
Its designation stands for the Pacific Ocean Area, with the flame gun developed by the Chemical Warfare Service in Hawaii. This design replaced the previous POA-CWS-H1 that had the flame gun replacing the tank's regular armament. The POA-CWS-H5 could be constructed from either 75mm gun or 105mm howitzer tanks, but the design missed seeing action in World War II.
The Marines employed a single platoon of nine 105mm howitzer tanks in the Korean War attached to the Headquarters and Service Company of the First Tank Battalion. The crew was reduced to four Marines due to the space taken up by the flame equipment, with the TC inheriting the role of gunner as well. Note the infantry phone box mounted on the right side of the hull rear plate.

(Picture taken by Cpl. J.W. Weber)

(Colourised by Royston Leonard from the UK)

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