General Robert E. Lee, Prominent Confederate figure and Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, photographed standing on the back porch of his house at 707 East Franklin Street, Richmond, Virginia by Mathew Brady on 20 April, 1865, 11 days after surrendering his army to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House effectively ending the American Civil War.
Robert Edward Lee was a prominent Confederate General and veteran of the Mexican-American War, John Brown’s Raid and the American Civil War. He was the son of Revolutionary War officer Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee III.
This colorization shows US Marine, Sergeant Sgt. John Wisbur Bartlett Sr. of the 2nd Batallion, 1st Marines, firing at a Japanese sniper with his M1 Thompson submachine gun while his fellow Marine seeks cover. This photograph was taken during the Battle of Okinawa when the US Army was attempting to take Wana Ridge located just before the district of Shuri, Okinawa, Japan.
The Battle of Okinawa was one of the major battles which took place in the Pacific Theater of World War Two. It lasted 3 months from 1 April 1945 until the 22 June 1945 on the Island of Okinawa which belonged to Japan. An estimated 20,000 American soldiers were killed during the battle, with a further 55,000 injured. Up to 110,000 Japanese soldiers were during the Battle of Okinawa and between 40,000 and 150,000 civilians died.
Richard colorized this photograph of a group of US Marine Raiders posing for a photograph in front of a Japanese dugout in Cape Torokina on Bougainville, Solomon Islands which they helped to take in January 1944. This took place 2 months after Operation Cherryblossom which was successful amphibious landings at Cape Torokina. This was the beginning of the Bougainville campaign which lasted from November 1943 until August 1945.
Marine Raiders were elite units made up of 8,078 soldiers in the United States Marine Corps during the Second World War to conduct special amphibious light infantry operations. Despite this, they were often tasked with regular infantry. 8 men who belonged to the Marine Raiders received the Medal of Honor during World War 2.
This colorization shows a Union Army soldier stopping to give a wounded Zouave a sip of water from his canteen in the ruins of the Union camp at Falmouth, Virginia in 1863. These men were veterans of the Battle of Fredericksburg in December of 1862.
Traditionally, a Zouave was a class light infantry infantrymen fighting for the French Army linked to French North Africa. During the American Civil War, several Zouave regiments were set up adopting the name and uniforms traditionally worn by the French Zouave. The Union Army had seventy volunteer Zouave regiments while the Confederates had twenty-five.
This black and white photograph that has been colorized by Richard White shows US Army trench raiders posing with a group of German Army soldiers that had been captured during an operation in the German trenches in Menil-la-Tour, France on the 29 March 1918.
Trench raiding was the concept of making small night attacks on the enemy trenches with the intention to capture troops, destroy high value equipment, and gathering information for future attacks on the trenches.
This Richard White colorization is of Major General William Tecumseh Sherman of the Union Army which existed during the American Civil War. The photograph was taken by famous 19th Century American photographer, Mathew Brady, who is well known for documenting the US Civil War through thousands of pictures of Civilians, Battlefields, as well as Soldiers and Generals from both the Union and Confederate Armies. Brady photographed a 45-year-old William T. Sherman at his studio sometime in 1865 shortly after the end of the war.
William T. Sherman is one of the best-known Generals of the Union Army and was praised for his brilliant strategies that he used, mastering the art of maneuver warfare, a military strategy focused on disrupting the enemy making it impossible for them to make to make effective decisions. He was a key figure in implementing total war on the Confederate Army but was criticized for his scorched earth policy. Following the American Civil War, he remained in the army until 1884, holding the position of Commanding General of the United States Army from 1869 to 1883. He was also briefly acting Secretary of War from September to October 1869. He died at the age of 71 on the 14th February 1891 in New York City, New York, United States from pneumonia.
A colorization of a US Army airman from the 8th Air Force embracing an English woman in the crowds at Piccadilly Circus in London, England after the news of Germany’s unconditional surrender broke on the 7 May 1945.
Nazi Colonel General Alfred Jodl signed an unconditional surrender in Reims, France on the 7 May 1945 on behalf of Germany which marked the end of their involvement in the Second World War, effectively ending the European theatre of war. The news quickly spread across Europe and celebrations began almost immediately.