34 Incredible Colorized Photos Reveal What Life Was Like for French Soldiers During World War I

Artist Frederic Duriez has redefined World War One as we know it by Photoshopping colourless photos. Each snap has had different tones layered on top of the original photographs to bring new depth. They offer an alternative look at the conflict that ravaged the world between 1914 and 1918. The majority of Duirez’s photos focus on what life was like for the French soldiers on the front line.

Fort Vaux, November 22 , 1916
French and British soldiers standing around a German A7V tank captured at Villers-Brettoneux, May 1918
French cantonment with canteen near Verdun, March 1917
Chasseurs posing with guns
French lines on the right bank, Lorraine, 1918
French prisoners guarded by a Uhlan, Verdun, March 1917
French soldier in the 291st Infantry Regiment
French soldiers at the village of Souilly
Soldiers leaving the village to join Verdun, Nubécourt, August 23, 1916
French stretcher bearers loading a wounded soldier into an American ambulance, Westouter, West Flanders, May 1918
French Zouaves marching in 1914
Horse corpse on the Bouvancourt road, near Jonchery sur Vesle, April 22, 1917
Near Rethondes, November 10, 1918
Portrait of a French soldier taken in a studio in Mailly, 1915
Senegalese French troops getting acquainted with their new gask masks
Soldier trying a German mask found on the ground, Wood of the Caillette, 1916
Soldiers in Saint Folquin, September 3, 1917
Two men playing chess, Verdun, May 30, 1917
Soldiers posing for the camera in their Turco uniforms
Some French and American officers who took part in the reconquest of cantigny before a tank Schneider French, May 1918.
The ‘Kolossal’ German prisoner was captured in the eastern trenches, 8 January 1916
The soup in the lines of the 204th Infantry Regiment, Bois des Buttes, September 17, 1917
These men return from fighting the Battle of the Argonne, July 17, 1915
Troops returning from Fort de Vaux, around Nixéville (department of Meuse, France ), April 8, 1916
A French soldier killed while he was eating, October 27, 1915
After the fighting, soldiers surrounded the bodies of their comrades, Region of Verdun, 1916
Canadian officers interested in a large French gun mounted on railroad, October 1917
Chilly in the Somme, the 28th regiment soldiers in a trench
Cooperative canteen of Portes de Fer, October-November 1916
The village of Souilly, 1916
Verdun. The Citadel. Soldiers playing chess. 1917
French cantonment with canteen near Verdun, March 1917 .
French stretcher bearers loading a wounded soldier into an American ambulance, Westouter, West Flanders, May 1918
French prisoners from the “356ème régiment d’infanterie”, 1917

Photos Colorized by Frederic Duriez

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