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These remarkable images show the end of the First World War in colour

Press Association logoPress Association 06/11/2018 By Press Association Reporters
a group of people in front of a building: The scene outside Buckingham Palace © Provided by The Press Association The scene outside Buckingham Palace

A selection of historic Press Association images from 100 years ago have been colourised to mark the end of the First World War.

The images taken by PA photographers in the early 20th century show scenes in the UK and abroad after the end of the Great War was declared, as well as commemorations held as the nation recovered.

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Here are some of the remarkable moments that were chosen for the project, which was released to coincide with Sunday’s anniversary, which is being marked with a series of ceremonies worldwide.

11/11/1918: Thousands gather in central London

a black and white photo of a large crowd of people: A huge crowd gathered outside the Stock Exchange and the Bank of England in London after the announcement of the Armistice © Provided by The Press Association A huge crowd gathered outside the Stock Exchange and the Bank of England in London after the announcement of the Armistice a large crowd of people standing in front of a building: A colourised version of the huge crowds © Provided by The Press Association A colourised version of the huge crowds

11/11/1918: Royal Family greets the celebrating masses

a black and white photo of a large crowd of people: Servicemen and civilians celebrate together outside Buckingham Palace. The Royal Family can be seen on the balcony of the palace © Provided by The Press Association Servicemen and civilians celebrate together outside Buckingham Palace. The Royal Family can be seen on the balcony of the palace a large crowd of people in front of a building: A colourised version of the scene at Buckingham Palace © Provided by The Press Association A colourised version of the scene at Buckingham Palace

11/11/1918: Journalists survey abandoned scenes of warfare

a group of people standing on top of a dirt field: Journalists and photographers from various news agencies at an abandoned German trench on the Hindenburg Line, on the day the war officially ended © Provided by The Press Association Journalists and photographers from various news agencies at an abandoned German trench on the Hindenburg Line, on the day the war officially ended a group of people standing in a field with Easter Island in the background: Colourised version of the scene, which former part of the series of fortifications on the Western Front © Provided by The Press Association Colourised version of the scene, which former part of the series of fortifications on the Western Front

21/11/1918: German submarine surrenders in Essex

a group of people standing on a boat: The surrender of the German submarine U-48 to the Royal Navy at the Essex port of Harwich © Provided by The Press Association The surrender of the German submarine U-48 to the Royal Navy at the Essex port of Harwich a group of people on a boat: The colourised version. The U-48 was one of 39 U-Boats to surrender, most of them in perfect condition. The White Ensign can be seen flying above the Imperial German Navy flag © Provided by The Press Association The colourised version. The U-48 was one of 39 U-Boats to surrender, most of them in perfect condition. The White Ensign can be seen flying above the Imperial German Navy flag

01/12/1918: German prisoners of war clear up the carnage

a vintage photo of a group of people standing in front of a building: German prisoners of war, under British guard, mend the road and clearing rubble in the northern French town of Bethune, near the former Western Front © Provided by The Press Association German prisoners of war, under British guard, mend the road and clearing rubble in the northern French town of Bethune, near the former Western Front a group of people standing in front of a building: The colourised version © Provided by The Press Association The colourised version

11/11/1919: Tanks roll down Whitehall for victory parade, one year on

a vintage photo of a large crowd of people: Tanks pass down Whitehall as part of the Victory Parade marking a year since the end of the First World War © Provided by The Press Association Tanks pass down Whitehall as part of the Victory Parade marking a year since the end of the First World War a large crowd of people: The colourised version © Provided by The Press Association The colourised version

11/11/1920: King George V lays wreath at Unknown Solider’s burial

a group of people riding on the back of a horse drawn carriage: An Unknown Warrior is buried on Armistice Day © Provided by The Press Association An Unknown Warrior is buried on Armistice Day a close up of a horse drawn carriage: The colourised version. It was here, where the Cenotaph stands now, that King George V paid his tribute as he placed a wreath on the coffin, mounted on a gun carriage © Provided by The Press Association The colourised version. It was here, where the Cenotaph stands now, that King George V paid his tribute as he placed a wreath on the coffin, mounted on a gun carriage

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