Rare Photos So Chilling We Can't Look Away

By Jack Ripley | May 31, 2023

Lt. Richard K. Jones of Hollywood, California, feeding Japanese children found in a tomb 50 yards from the front line, Okinawa, 1945. 

Thanks to modern technology, we can now get an even more accurate view of the past via colorized photographs. Prior to the 1970s, most photographs were shot using black and white film. While these images are important tools to help us understand the past, we can get even more details from photographs that have been digitally colorized. For the first time (well, the first time in a long time), we can see the rich and colorful world that our ancestors lived in. This collection of colorized photos shows us that world. 

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The Battle of Okinawa began on April 1, 1945, and lasted for 82 days. One of the major battles of the Pacific theatre and the largest amphibious assault of World War II, the U.S. Army and Marines battled the Imperial Japanese Army for control of Okinawa and the surrounding region. Sadly, civilians were caught up in the fighting. These young children were discovered hiding out in an old tomb just yards from the front line. An American soldier, Lt. Richard K. Jones of Hollywood, California, took it upon himself to give the youngsters some food. 

A British sniper demonstrating his camouflage at a French sniper school, 1944. 

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Credit: @history_and_colorization

The U.S. military began to use camouflage techniques in the mid-1800s as a way to conceal the positions of snipers. By World War I, camouflage was an integral part of military strategy. In World War II, when this photo was taken, camouflage meant to use colors and patterns to prevent someone from being seen. In today’s high-tech world, it goes beyond the visual element. Now, soldiers in camouflage need to be invisible to heat, sound, scent, and magnetic detectors.