Newly Released Color Films Show The Utter Devastation Wrought By WW2

The Hoover Institution has just release five reels of recently restored color films taken by lieutenant colonel William P. Miller from 1943 to 1945. They provide a rare and disturbingly real glimpse into the era, including shots of the battle-scarred cities at the center of the conflict.

The films, which were made possible by a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation, include shots taken in North Africa, Germany, and Austria.

Germany, circa 1945

Germany, Austria, 1945

This particular reel features Hitler's burned and bombed mountain-side home in the Bavarian Alps, the Berghof (shown around the 16:00+ mark).

Here's Hitler at the Berghof before the Allies bombed the shit out of it (not part of the Miller archive):

Moulay Idriss, Khenifra, circa 1943

Casablanca, Marrakech, Meknes, 1943

Africa, Algeria, Corsica, Saint-Tropez, Toulon, 1944

Originally shot on silent 16mm Kodachrome film, the films were preserved by the Film Technology Company in Hollywood.

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