Rare Color Photos Of World War I

2018 marks 100 years since the end of World War I. “The Great War” raged for four merciless years, from 1914 to 1918, and left a trail of destruction in its wake. Cities were ruined, lands were ravaged, and millions of soldiers and civilians were killed before peace was eventually declared.

Join us as we reflect on some rare color photographs taken at the heart of the conflict.

Children And War

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Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images

For most of us, the idea of a world war is terrifying and alien. For children growing up in the midst of WWI and WWII, it was simply life. Some of the most striking images taken during these times involve children.

In this candid snapshot, a little blonde girl in a gingham dress is pictured in 1917 by photographer Fernand Cuville. She innocently plays with her doll, while the backpack and guns of a soldier sit next to her, a stark contrast to the otherwise common scene. This was taken on the Western Front in Reims, Marne, France.