These stunning pictures of naval forces preparing for battle during the Second World War have been brought back to life 70 years on.
The photographs, which show British, American and Finnish troops off the coasts of Japan and Russia during the war, as well as survivors being transferred between ships, have been colourised by emergency medical technician Jared Enos, from North Kingstown, US.
The 19-year-old said he has spent the last year transforming the images from their original black and white state into these fascinating colourful images, which he hopes will give a better insight into the Second World War for younger generations.
He said: ‘Essentially, it focuses on various nations’ navies and or vessels in World War II, including the US Marines, Finnish Coastal Defence and the Royal Navy.
‘I colourise to create a stronger, more tangible connection to our past. I feel that there is an enormous disconnect between my generation and the events that transpired in the mid-early 20th century.
‘I feel that photographs are the best way to restore that connection, but without colour they’re just dusty, grainy, old archives. When I add the colour back in, people really seem to get the photo.’
While colourisation has brought these pictures back to the public’s attention, Mr Enos said hasn’t gone down well with everyone.
‘Colourisation is polarising. It seems that either people love the work and feel the connection or hate it and feel like it’s not doing a service to the original photographs,’ he said.
‘Fortunately, it seems there’s more of the former and less of the latter. There’s still a lot of people who are shocked that something like this even exists. ‘I think that’s my favourite reaction, when I get to introduce someone to the whole concept.’