Berlin 1945 in Colour

Its always great to see anything filmed during the war in colour. Most of the colour film used by the allies was mainly Kodak 16mm, but the US Army, which dominated Western Europe, preferred 35mm as it looked better at the cinema, but it was only black and white. Where as the US Marine Corps accepted the loss in quality, at the cinema, in favour of colour.

This is why many of the propaganda films in colour are from the Pacific theatre which was dominated by the Marines, and we have so little colour footage from Europe.

That’s how it looked like just after the Second World War in Berlin!

Fascinating moving pictures in color show the situation of the city in summer 1945, just after the Second World War and the capitulation of Germany. Daily life after years of war.

Pictures from the destroyed city, the Reichstag, Brandenburger Tor, Adlon, Führerbunker, Unter den Linden, rubble women working in the streets, the tram is running again.

A collage of archive material produced by: Kronos Media