5 World Leaders from World War II Colorized
World War II was a time of difficulty for the civilians that were involved in the conflict; whether they were soldiers that were conscripted into the army or if they worked on the home front in factories and keeping the country running. The politicians tasked with running the country didn't have it easy either as they were tasked with effectively running a country torn apart by war whilst simultaneously fighting - and trying to win - a war against more than one country. These five world leaders had this responsibility and some were more successful than others. Thanks to the colorizers Mads Madsen, Marina Amaral, and Dana R. Keller, we are able to see them in color.
1. Winston Churchill
Colorized by Dana R. Keller
Winston Churchill was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 until 1945. He ran an effective war time coalition government alongside Deputy Prime Minister Clement Attlee (who went on to become Prime Minister in 1945). Whilst Churchill is often criticized for personality and his neglect of Domestic Affairs, it can be argued that this was necessary for success in the Second World War. This photograph was taken in 1941.
2. Josef Stalin
Colorization by Mads Madsen
Josef Stalin was the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953. He was extremely ruthless in sacrificing his soldiers for the better of the Soviet Union. Despite wartime being some of his most consultative among his peers, the final decision was still his and millions of Russians lost their lives during the Second World War. It is often argued that without the USSR, the war may have not been won by the Allies.
3. Adolf Hitler
Colorization by Mads Madsen
Adolf Hitler was Fuhrer of the Third German Reich from 1934 until his suicide in April 1945. He was the main initiator of World War II and failed in his plans of the annihilation of the Jewish population and the domination of Europe. Many millions of innocent civilians died as a result of Hitler's actions and the reasons behind some of his ideas are unknown. This photograph was taken on 23 October 1940 and seen standing next to him is dictator of Spain Francisco Franco.
4. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Colorized by Mads Madsen
Franklin D. Roosevelt was the 32nd President of the United States and served from 1933 until his death in 1945. He is the only person to win 4 Presidential elections and whilst only serving 3 terms, he is the longest serving President of the US to date. This photograph was the official portrait for his 1944 Presidential Election Campaign.
5. Neville Chamberlain
Colorized By Marina Amaral
Neville Chamberlain was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1937 until 1940. Whilst being very successful as Chancellor of the Exchequer, his tenure as Prime Minister is often regarded as a failure. His reputation was tarnished after consecutive failures to deal with issues during the Second World War; he stood down as Prime Minister in 1940 and Winston Churchill took over. He died of cancer on the 9 November 1940. The photograph was taken in 1938 on his return from Munich.