Colorized Photos Of What WWI Looked Like At The Time
Cities Across First-World Countries Were In Ruins
World War I changed the world in ways we still feel today. It also ended the lives of more than 16 million people across all of Europe. Unlike WWII, which finds itself on the silver screen as often as Marvel characters, WWI receives comparatively little attention.
Obviously there were wars before World War I, but this was the first time that photography played a major part in spreading the story of the men who gave their lives at the turn of the century. Unlike the Civil War, which saw photographers snapping well framed shots of the military during downtime, the photography of World War I brings the viewer inside of the destruction of battle. Now in color, these photos feel like they could be taken today.
Many people probably don’t even know who Franz Ferdinand was or why his assassination set off a chain of events that ultimately embroiled over 30 nations in bloody conflict, since most people didn't really pay attention in history class. These are the snapshots of the first modern world war and the stories behind them.