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Nov 10, 2018

In pictures: First World War brought to life in colour

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, a selection of historic photographs from the First World War have been converted into vivid colour for the very first time.

Offering an unparalleled glimpse into the celebrations in November 1918, the stunning pictures showcase jubilant scenes across an array of London landmarks - from a victory parade making its way down Whitehall, to cheering crowds outside the Bank of England.

The images were released by the Press Association five days before Armistice Day, with its centenary year having inspired several fitting tributes in the weeks leading up to 11 November.

The pictures include images from the continent, notably the surrender of German submarine U-48 to the Royal Navy at the Essex port of Harwich.

Another shows journalists and photographers at a machine gun post in an abandoned German trench, which formed part of the series of fortifications on the Western Front known as the Hindenburg Line.

On Sunday, the moat at the Tower of London was filled with around 10,000 lit torches as part of a stunning salute called Beyond The Deepening Shadow, which will be repeated each night until Remembrance Sunday.

The first showing began with a ceremonial Beefeater guard bringing a flame down from the tower into the moat, which had been submerged in smoke.

Representatives from the armed forces and volunteers then used the flame to ignite the thousands of other torches staked into or placed on the ground underneath the tower.

And last month, the London Film Festival held the premiere of They Shall Not Grow Old - a new picture from Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson made up of colourised black and white footage from the conflict.

The man behind the Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit trilogies raided the archives at the Imperial War Museum to make the film, with the shots sharpened and slowed down to eliminate the jitters caused by early, hand-cranked cameras.

Jackson was given hundreds of films by the museum to make the film, which he spent the last four years working on.

He said he wanted to "bring life" to the faces of the soldiers featured in the footage.

The pictures were released on the same day as a centenary commemoration near Verdun in France.
French President Emmanuel Macron was among those who attended the event at the Douaumont National Necropolis and Ossuary on Tuesday.And in Ypres in Belgium, an unidentified British soldier who died in the war was laid to rest with full military honours in front of hundreds of people who turned out to pay their respects.

The body of the man, who served in the Lancashire Fusiliers regiment, was buried alongside two Australian soldiers.

Draped in a Union flag with a wreath of poppies on top, the coffin was observed by dignitaries, representatives from the regiment and members of the public at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Tyne Cot Cemetery.

Research suggests he may have been killed on 9 October 1917, when he was aged between 23 and 29, while fighting in the Battle of Passchendaele.

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