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14Bore07 Nov 2021 8:45 a.m. PST

Here is photos of people during the war, most Communists I think but nevertheless color for good model ideas.

Dan Cyr07 Nov 2021 9:27 a.m. PST

Excellent, thanks.

4DJones07 Nov 2021 10:00 a.m. PST

Mainly Anarchist and Trade Union militias … anathema to the Communists.

mghFond07 Nov 2021 10:20 a.m. PST

Interesting set of photos!

Silent Pool07 Nov 2021 11:38 a.m. PST


Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2021 11:49 a.m. PST

Looks like Dafne Keen the young lead in BBC's 'His Dark materials'. Is there a film coming?

Kropotkin30307 Nov 2021 12:37 p.m. PST

Excellent and so vivid. Thanks.

Oddball07 Nov 2021 1:22 p.m. PST

The Capa photo of the dying militia man has been shown to be staged.

It appears that many of Capa's photos are under question of if they were real events or fakes made with people acting for him.



Amazing that Capa was able to photograph TWO soldiers shot at the same location and both had similar falling motions.

What a coincidence.

It has been determined that both photos were taken at the same location from the hills and terrain in the background, very likely on the same day.

Kinda like the lie that Guernica wasn't a military target that had 2 battalions of poor quality troops in it during the bombing. It was a mistake, the real target was a transportation hub a bit further away, but the city was housing troops and supplies.

Not exactly an "innocent" village as put forth by the commies, Picasso's painting is alright, but he was a pinko also.

Ya, all the photos are of the commie side, but still interesting.

Personal logo Cardinal Ximenez Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2021 2:21 p.m. PST

Thanks. The color of the improvised armored cars is always a challenge.

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2021 3:00 p.m. PST

The argument on the photo has only been established as to location,

Oddball07 Nov 2021 3:56 p.m. PST

There is a great deal of controversy with Capa's work.

The above discussed photos, a bit more than just location, but people will make their own opinions.

His "missing / destroyed" D-Day photos:

"The criticism, in a nutshell, is that Capa was on Omaha Beach later than previously reported, when the worst of the fighting was already over, and that he did not stay as long as previously assumed. The total number of photos he shot is also contested, with Capa supposedly taking far fewer photos than he said he did, perhaps not even more than the 11 famous photos. The Life editorial team claim that a London lab technician accidentally destroyed the other negatives by heat is disputed as being technically impossible."

His most famous works are greatly in question, kinda like hearing a guy say:

27 arrests, no convictions. I'm an honest man.

Ya, sure.

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2021 4:51 p.m. PST

I am merely talking of the controversy surrounding his Death of a Militiaman photo. I do not claim to know a great deal on the SCW but I did a little reading. It seems that both sides agree that the controversy over that particular photo, and his other photos from the war, stem from a growing Spanish frustration that western journalists have received a great deal of credit for information and exposure concerning the war. A great deal of effort is now being made to discredit any western source of information. Again, I don't wish to get drawn into a debate about a conflict that I know so little about, but when I saw your comment, I thought it was at least worth looking into. So, thank you for sparking that bit of interest which took me beyond For Whom The Bell Tolls. By the way, I thought it interesting that Capa never stated that the photo was taken at Cerro Muriano.

Oddball07 Nov 2021 4:52 p.m. PST

For Whom The Bells Toll is my favorite Hemingway novel.

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2021 4:54 p.m. PST

I agree Oddball.

Makhno191808 Nov 2021 5:08 p.m. PST

thanks for sharing this. these colorized photos really bring you into the times. They're mostly of the anarchists, leftists and Republicans, but there was atleast 1 falangist in the set there…

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2021 10:44 p.m. PST

At first I though we were seeing re-enactors. The color is excellent. I have tried to get he colors for some of these folks clothes (uniforms?)


Makhno191809 Nov 2021 6:21 a.m. PST

I'm always curious with these sort of restorative works. how much research do they do on the colors? are the workers monos and soldiers uniforms based on surviving examples? I'm colorblind so it's all a mystery to me. incredible photos in any case

Oddball09 Nov 2021 7:14 a.m. PST


Very good point on the colors.

I know from the director's added footage to "They Shall Not Grow Old" that Sir Peter Jackson was very focused that the colorized uniforms in this film would be correct.

So much so that he had the artist go over his personal collection of ….. what 50, 60, …100, W.W. I uniforms to get the shades correct.

That guy, Jackson, has a trove of W.W. I stuff. Ever see the video where he lets them use his W.W. I planes for "lazer tag" dog fights. He has an air force, for Pete's sake.

Oddball09 Nov 2021 9:55 a.m. PST

Plate of shirmp moment.

Right after I posted above, my buddy sent me this link on Youtube that shows Sir Peter's collection.

YouTube link

45 minutes, but wow, this guy has more stuff packed way than I life long wargamer. And that's a lot of stuff.

Bonus Question:
Plate of shrimp reference to what movie?

Dan Cyr09 Nov 2021 3:08 p.m. PST

Oddball, he has a lot more money to spend on his hobby than you (smile).

blacksmith09 Nov 2021 3:52 p.m. PST

This is my father in North Africa after SCW in which he fought. He's an officer from Spanish Marine corps, driving the jeep. I'd love somebody took the time to colour these pictures.



Here's leading a parade in Gran Canaria, after Africa.


14Bore09 Nov 2021 4:14 p.m. PST

blacksmith what a treat to see those.

Oddball10 Nov 2021 6:55 a.m. PST

Those photos are great!

Thank you for sharing them.

Sharp looking uniforms.

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2021 2:43 p.m. PST

Amazing blacksmith. Thanks for sharing those pictures with us.

blacksmith10 Nov 2021 5:10 p.m. PST

My pleasure gents. Two more pics.


Inspecting the troops


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