Amazing colourised photos show a unique side of World War II

World war ii colourAlfred T. Palmer/The Library of CongressMarines finishing training at Parris Island, S.C.

The 1930s and 1940s were a time of upheaval for both the US and the world at large.

Reeling from the start of the Great Depression in 1929, the world soon faced a greater disaster with the start of World War II from 1939 to 1945. Although the US did not enter into the war officially until after Pearl Harbour on December 7, 1941, the global war still affected the US.

The following photos, from the US Library of Congress, give us a rare glimpse of life in the US during World War II in colour. The photos show some of the amazing changes that World War II helped usher into the US, such as women in the workforce and the widespread adoption of aerial and mechanised warfare.

Mrs. Virginia Davis, a riveter in the assembly and repair department of the Naval air base, supervises Chas. Potter, a NYA trainee from Michigan at Corpus Christi, Texas. After eight weeks of training he will go into civil service.

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Answering the nation's need for womanpower, Mrs. Virginia Davis made arrangement for the care of her two children during the day and joined her husband at work in the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Jesse Rhodes Waller, A.O.M., third class, tries out a 30-calibre machine gun he has just installed in a Navy plane, Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Sailor at the Naval Air Base wears the new type protective clothing and gas mask designed for use in chemical warfare, Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Jesse Rhodes Waller, A.O.M., third class, tries out a 30-calibre machine gun he has just installed on a Navy plane, Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Feeding an SNC advanced training plane its essential supply of gasoline is done by sailor mechanics at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Av. Cadet Thanas at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Pearl Harbour widows have gone into war work to carry on the fight, Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Mrs. Eloise J. Ellis has been appointed by civil service to be senior supervisor in the Assembly and Repairs Department at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas.

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After seven years in the Navy, J.D. Estes is considered an old sea salt by his mates at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Painting the American insignia on aeroplane wings is a job that Mrs. Irma Lee McElroy, a former office worker, does with precision and patriotic zeal. Mrs. McElroy is a civil service employee at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Aviation cadet in training at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Ensign Noressey and Cadet Thenics at the Naval Air base, Corpus Christi, Texas on a Grumman F3F-3 biplane fighter.

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Working with a sea-plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Aviation cadets at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Mechanics service an A-20 bomber, Langley Field, Virginia.

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M-3 tank and crew using small arms, Ft. Knox, Kentucky.

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M-4 tank line, Ft. Knox, Kentucky.

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A young soldier of the armoured forces holds and sights his Garand rifle, Fort Knox, Kentucky.

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Servicing an A-20 bomber, Langley Field, Virginia.

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A Marine lieutenant is a glider pilot in training, at Page Field, Parris Island, South Carolina.

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Marines finish training at Parris Island, South Carolina.

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