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The enemy won't be expecting THIS! From bizarre zebra camouflage to elephant-mounted machine guns, some of the strangest wartime images seen in colour (15 Pics)

The black and white photographs were painstakingly colourised by Spanish 17-year-old Joel Bellviure.

A soldier from Company F of the 24th Engineers at American University in Washington DC tests a black and white 'razzle dazzle' camouflage uniform used to conceal soldiers while climbing trees. He is pictured on November 14, 1917, in front of a house camouflaged to represent a fence and trees


A United States Marine corporal sits on top of a Sri Lankan elephant mounted with a Colt M1895 machine gun in another bizarre image taken between 1914 and 1918. Although this picture is staged, elephants have been used for military purposes for centuries


A US soldier is pictured wearing a Brewster Body Shield, consistng of a breastplate and a headpiece, in 1917. It was the first American body armour to be developed for the US forces in the First World War


Lieutenant Kauniskangas and Lieutenant Turunen lead Finnish soldiers using a slingshot to aim M39 grenades at Soviet attackers during the Winter War in the early 1940s. The conflict between the USSR and Finland started with a Soviet invasion in 1939, three months after the outbreak of World War II



Wojtek the Bear is pictured with a Polish soldier in Iran, 1942. Wojtek was a Syrian brown bear purchased at a railroad station in Hamadan, Iran, by Polish II Corps soldiers who had been evacuated from the Soviet Union. In order to provide for his rations and transport, he was enlisted as a soldier with the rank of private, and subsequently promoted to the position of corporal


A First World War British soldier shaking hands with another dressed in a full suit of medieval armour. The picture was taken to as a comparison to show how protective outfits had evolved, but at the beginning of the 20th century, plate armour saw a revival due to the introduction of shrapnel in modern warfare


A German Afria Korps trooper sits on two M24 Stielhandgranate hand grenades somewhere in the North African desert in about 1942. Although it looks precarious, the grenades could only have detonated once its end cap was removed and the internal cord pulled

An Italian officer descends a steep bank during a training exercise in 1906. The Italian Cavalry School, created in 1823, was responsible for the training of all armed forces cavalry staff. Every officer of the Cavalry School in Pinerolo, near Turin, was required to go down what was known as 'the descent of Mombrone' before they left the school

A Royal Flying Corps pilot cadet practices deflection shooting from a moving platform installed on rails and launched at high speed. The image was probably taken in Egypt or Palestine, during World War One. Taking lessons on a real plane was expensive and risky so exercises like this became a daily routine

A dummy is bayoneted during a demonstration at Sarafand, Palestine, on November 11, 1942. Dummies used for bayonet practice could be as simple as a sandbag and as complex as a fully equipped body of filled bags


A British officer is pictured wearing a German 'schutzplatte' in 1917. The metal plate was used as a sniper mask by the German and Austria-Hungarian Army during the First World War and provided a high level of protection as armour against shrapnel


A German light infantry Gebirgsj├Ąger soldier poses for a bizarre picture during a celebration in the summer of 1942

British Lieutenant-Colonel John Churchill fought throughout the Second World War armed with a longbow, bagpipes, and a basket-hilted Scottish broadsword. Nicknamed 'Mad Jack' he is pictured here leading a training exercise, longsword in hand, in Inveraray, Scotland, in 1941


Finnish artillery corporal Niman sculpts a figure of a naked woman in sand, during the Continuation War with the USSR in about 1943


An unknown American soldier wearing a  Summer Service Uniform uses a hair comb as he mocks Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's moustache in 1945

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