Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Outstanding Colorized Images from the Vimy Ridge Foundation

I've just discovered a Canadian project initiated during the centennial initiated by the Vimy Ridge Foundation called "World War I in Color." Drawing on Canadian sources solely, the project will be colorizing 150 photos. The effort is still under way. I would estimate that about 40 percent of the transformations have been completed, and they are available at the project's online album HERE. The photos  have a fresh feel to them. Here's a selection of images I've never seen before that I find to notch documentation of Canada's war effort.  Click on them to enlarge.

The Mayor of Toronto Greets Troops on Their Way to France

Ammunition Train

The Passchendaele Battlefield

 A Canadian Stretcher Team

Canadian Column on the Move

Kilted Soldier Cleaning His Rifle

General Arthur Currie at Vimy Ridge Describing the Battle to the Press

German Prisoners Carrying a Wounded Soldier

Nurses Visiting the Grave of a Canadian Soldier

Assembly Department, British Munitions Supply Company, Quebec


  1. These photos bring the scenes alive. An excellent project

    1. Indeed - AWESOME! More pix at the main website.