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Brutal weapons of war as you've never seen them before: Vivid colour images show flame throwers, heavy artillery and a bizarre grenade disguised as a CABBAGE

The original black and white photographs were colourised by design engineer Paul Reynolds, 48, from Birmingham, UK.

'I mostly colourise war photos because each photo usually has a story to tell, stories of real everyday people,' he said.

'I think colourising detailed photos really brings them to life. You notice detail that usually gets missed due to the monotone background.

'The content of the photo conveys its own message; however I am glad that by colourising these photos more people are aware of the happenings of WWII.' 

A US Marine wearing his camouflage suit fires a Thompson sub-machine gun during jungle training in 1942. The Thompson, which was designed in 1920 and fired .45-calibre ammunition, became best known for its use by gangsters and criminals during the Prohibition era in the United States between 1920 and 1933. Its association with mob violence in Chicago as well as the sound it made let to it being nicknamed the 'Chicago Typewriter'. The magazine was either a circular drum that held 50 or 100 rounds or a box that held 20 or 30 rounds

American ordnancemen are pictured moving a 16-inch shell from its storage stall to ammunition hoist on board the USS New Jersey during World War II, in November 1944 during the war against Japan in the Pacific. The USS New Jersey (BB-62) was an Iowa-class battleship. In October 1944 the vessel had come under a suicide attack from Japanese forces, in assault which injured three people aboard the New Jersey. There were nine 16-inch caliber Mark 7 guns in her battery, which were capable of firing 2,700-pound (1,225kg) shells for a distance of some 23 miles 

A US Marine with a semi-automatic M1 Carbine awaits the signal to go ahead in the battle to recapture Guam from Japanese forces, on July 1, 1944, during World War II. The picture was taken in the Mariana Islands, which include Guam. American forces landed on the island and eventually managed to secure it in August 1944. The island had been captured by the Japanese following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 which had brought the US into the war. The M1 carbine is a .30 calibre weapon which was used as a standard weapon in the US military in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. It weighed 5.8 pounds (2.6kg) and could shoot 750 rounds a minute

A Type 97 grenade is pictured as it is concealed inside a cabbage by Japanese troops on the island of Okinawa, in April 1945. Such booby traps were prevalent and highly dangerous. The U.S. Army and Marine Corps fought an 82-day battle to take control of Okinawa, in which up to 20,000 American personnel died along with an estimated 110,000 Japanese. There were also a staggering number of civilian deaths with estimates ranging from 40,000 to 150,000. The Type 97 grenade was heavily used by the Imperial Japanese Army. It weighed 16 ounces (0.45kg) and would detonate within four to five seconds


A US Marine is pictured having a drink while carrying extra ammunition and grenades around his chest during the Pacific Campaign of World War II, in Tarawa, Kiribati, in 1943. Fellow Marines are seen in the background of the beachy spot. The Battle of Tarawa in 1943 was the beginning of the American campaign against Japan in the Central Pacific, with 18,000 Marines sent to the Japanese-controlled island of Betio, which they eventually secured after a bloody 76-hour battle, in which just over a thousand Marines were killed, another 2,000 were injured and the USS Liscome Bay was sunk

A team of German soldiers firing an MG42 medium machine gun (MMG) at an unknown location during World War II. The gun was nicknamed 'Hitler's buzzsaw' on account of the unique sound it made. The 7.92x57mm weapon was designed in 1942, and almost half a million of them were built. It was used by both the Wehrmacht and the Waffen-SS during World War II. The gun could fire at a rapid 1,200 rounds per minute, with a firing range of 2,187 yards (2,000m), rising to 3,828 yards (3,500m) with the use of a tripod and telescopic sight

A US Army soldier is pictured using a flame thrower to set fire to trees and shrubbery in Korea in 1950, during the Korean War, which was fought between the United Nations-backed South Korea and a North Korea supported by its Communist allies, China and the Soviet Union. The M2 flamethrower was portable and capable of being carried in a backpack. It had a burn time of seven seconds, with the flames fanning out to a distance of between 22 yards (20m) and 44 yards (40m). It entered service during World War II but went on to be used in the Korean War, as pictured, as well as the Vietnam War


American infantrymen and tankmen are pictured shooting the lock on a prison gate, in an effort to release Allied officers inside the Hammelburg Prison during World War II. Also known as Stalag XIII-C, the prisoner-of-war camp was located in Hammelburg, Bavaria, in the south of Germany. It had formerly been a German Army training camp which predated the Nazi era. It became a prisoner-of-war camp in the 1940s, housing captured soldiers from the invasions of France and Belgium in 1940 as well as American soldiers captured during the invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge in 1944 and 1945. It was liberated by Combat Command B of the US 14th Armored Division on April 6, 1945


A German soldier with a Nazi eagle on his uniform is pictured with a 'Geballte Ladung' (concentrated charge) weapon, a simple but effective close-combat anti-tank weapon. A concentrated charge was formed by binding together several hand grenades, as seen in this picture, often with a simple method such as tying them together with a rope, cloth or metal wire. The device could be used against walls and light armour, but was especially effective defending against armoured vehicles. It allowed a Wehrmacht soldier to increase the power of a grenade, though it was also heavier to carry

A 6th Airborne Division sniper on patrol in the Ardennes, wearing a snow camouflage suit on January 14, 1945. The division had been back in the UK after helping with the invasion of Normandy which began on D-Day, June 6, 1944, but in the Battle of the Bulge the division was sent to the Ardennes forest in France and Belgium to repel the German counter-attack. In 1945 they took part in Operation Varsity, a co-ordinated airborne attack by the Allies involving more than 16,000 paratroopers, part of an effort to take troops over the Rhine and begin the attack on northern Germany 


The 2nd Hungarian Army puts a 29M Bofors 80mm AA gun in firing position in Stary Oskol, Russia, during World War II. The city of Stary Oskol, now in the far west of Russia near the Ukrainian border, was captured by Hungarian forces. The Bofors weapon was an anti-aircraft gun which was used in several countries' weaponry during World War II, including Hungary, China, Finland, Greece and Argentina. Hungary bought one of the largest batches of the gun, and used it on the Eastern Front as pictured. As a member of the Axis powers Hungary was fighting against the Soviet Union

An Australian soldier with a captured German MG 34 machine gun, pictured on July 25, 1942, during the Battle of El Alamein in Egpyt. Australian forces took part in the several battles of El Alamein between July and November 1942. The Australian 9th Division, under the command of Lieutenant General Leslie Morshead, played a crucial role in the North Africa campaign, enhancing its reputation earned defending Tobruk, Libya, during 1941. Between July and November 1942, the Australian 9th Division suffered almost 6,000 casualties


Maori soldiers are pictured with Bren light machine guns near Camp Maadi, around seven miles (12km) from Cairo, Egypt, in the hot sun in 1942. The 28th Maori Battalion was part of the New Zealand army during World War II, consisting of between 700 and 900 troops. They were evacuated to Egypt where they fought German and Italian forces, including during the Second Battle of El Alamein in October and November 1942, which ended in a decisive Allied victory. The Bren light machine guns were manufactured by Britain in the 1930s and served as the primary light machine guns for Commonwealth forces during World War II

A nude crewman of a US Navy rescue mission is pictured after jumping into a harbour to rescue Marine pilots shot down while bombing the Japanese-held fortress of Rabaul during World War II. With Japanese guns firing on the plane while it was in the water, preparing to take off, the crewman pictured rescued his comrade in one of the American 'Dumbo' missions, which involved long-range aircraft and were named after the 1941 Disney film which featured a flying elephant. The man had taken his clothes off so that he would be able to swim while rescuing his comrade and did not have time to put his clothes back on before taking up the position of machine gunner on the plane

This picture is from World War One. Taken in 1918, it shows soldiers from the New Zealand armed forces holding a German anti-tank rifle near Grevillers in France, which the Germans had captured during their great advance of that year. On August 24 the New Zealand forces recaptured Grevillers, where a memorial now commemorates nearly 450 New Zealanders who died in a defensive effort

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