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Extraordinary colorized pictured have brought to life the bloody Korean War which claimed the lives of more than two million civilians and 33,000 troops.   

The stunning pictures show ships lined up on the shore at the Battle of Inchon and troops boarding a plane ready for a drop behind enemy lines north of Pyongyang, Korea.

Other images show troops trekking through snow during winter and tanks being fired.

The photographs have been expertly colorized by electrician Royston Leonard, 54, from Cardiff, Wales.

Marines of the US 1st Marine Division watch F4U Corsairs drop napalm on Chinese positions near the Chosin Reservoir; December 26th, 1950. A mushroom cloud spews into the air after US troops fired at their enemies. A vehicle fitted with a caterpillar track like the ones seen on a tank can be seen up ahead making its way towards enemy territory. The soldiers are all dressed in multiple layers and are carrying their bulky equipment which includes a rifle with a bayonet attached to the end of it

Marines of the US 1st Marine Division watch F4U Corsairs drop napalm on Chinese positions near the Chosin Reservoir; December 26th, 1950. A mushroom cloud spews into the air after US troops fired at their enemies. A vehicle fitted with a caterpillar track like the ones seen on a tank can be seen up ahead making its way towards enemy territory. The soldiers are all dressed in multiple layers and are carrying their bulky equipment which includes a rifle with a bayonet attached to the end of it

Operation Chromite in action as American forces land in Inchon harbor one day after the Battle of Inchon began on September 16, 1950. Four LST ships unload men and equipment while high and dry at low tide on Inchon's Red Beach on the day after the initial landings there. LST-715 is on the right end of this group, which also includes LST-611, LST-845, and one other. Another LST is beached on the tidal mud flats at the far right. Note bombardment damage to the building in center foreground, many trucks at work, Wolmi-Do Island in the left background and the causeway connecting the island to Inchon. The ship in the far distance, just beyond the right end of Wolmi-Do, is the Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729). The landings at Inchon were General MacArthur's masterstroke. As Eight Army struggled to maintain fighting room in the southeast of Korea, he had his thoughts fixed upon a possible landing in the enemies rear to reverse the war. The biggest logistical challenge was to have all units, their equipment and supplies, as well as transports, landing ships and craft, and other ships, ready in time for D-day

Operation Chromite in action as American forces land in Inchon harbor one day after the Battle of Inchon began on September 16, 1950. Four LST ships unload men and equipment while high and dry at low tide on Inchon's Red Beach on the day after the initial landings there. LST-715 is on the right end of this group, which also includes LST-611, LST-845, and one other. Another LST is beached on the tidal mud flats at the far right. Note bombardment damage to the building in center foreground, many trucks at work, Wolmi-Do Island in the left background and the causeway connecting the island to Inchon. The ship in the far distance, just beyond the right end of Wolmi-Do, is the Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729). The landings at Inchon were General MacArthur's masterstroke. As Eight Army struggled to maintain fighting room in the southeast of Korea, he had his thoughts fixed upon a possible landing in the enemies rear to reverse the war. The biggest logistical challenge was to have all units, their equipment and supplies, as well as transports, landing ships and craft, and other ships, ready in time for D-day

Airborne troops of the 187th Regimental Combat Team 'Rakkasans'board a C-119 "Flying Boxcar" of 314th Troop Carrier Group for their drop behind enemy lines north of Pyonyang, Korea. It took place on 20th October, 1950 as part of an airborne assault on the North Korean towns of Sukchon and Sunchon which laid 48km north of Pyongyang. The mission objective was to cut off an estimated 30,000 retreating North Korean soldiers and rescue US Prisoners of War believed to be with those forces. Departing from Kimpo Airfield near Seoul, this was the first operation in the history of the airborne that paratroopers would be dropped from C-119, and the first time heavy equipment would be dropped into enemy territory. During this operation 4,000 men, 600 tons of equipment and supplies were dropped. These included twelve 105 mm howitzers, 39 jeeps, 38 1/4-ton trailers, four 90 mm antiaircraft guns, four 3/4-ton trucks, as well as ammunition, fuel, water, rations, and other supplies 

Airborne troops of the 187th Regimental Combat Team 'Rakkasans'board a C-119 'Flying Boxcar' of 314th Troop Carrier Group for their drop behind enemy lines north of Pyonyang, Korea. It took place on 20th October, 1950 as part of an airborne assault on the North Korean towns of Sukchon and Sunchon which laid 48km north of Pyongyang. The mission objective was to cut off an estimated 30,000 retreating North Korean soldiers and rescue US Prisoners of War believed to be with those forces. Departing from Kimpo Airfield near Seoul, this was the first operation in the history of the airborne that paratroopers would be dropped from C-119, and the first time heavy equipment would be dropped into enemy territory. During this operation 4,000 men, 600 tons of equipment and supplies were dropped. These included twelve 105 mm howitzers, 39 jeeps, 38 1/4-ton trailers, four 90 mm antiaircraft guns, four 3/4-ton trucks, as well as ammunition, fuel, water, rations, and other supplies 

A dozen or so American soldiers rush towards a US Army helicopter which landed in the battlefield of the Korean War. A second chopper can be seen behind the one the soldiers are bracing themselves to pile into. One of the troops' comrades can be seen inside the aircraft ready to help his platoon on board. The helicopter is Sikorsky H-19 and the infantry troops about to board helicopters to be transported to front lines, at the 6th transportation helicopter, are the eighth Army, in Korea in 1953

A dozen or so American soldiers rush towards a US Army helicopter which landed in the battlefield of the Korean War. A second chopper can be seen behind the one the soldiers are bracing themselves to pile into. One of the troops' comrades can be seen inside the aircraft ready to help his platoon on board. The helicopter is Sikorsky H-19 and the infantry troops about to board helicopters to be transported to front lines, at the 6th transportation helicopter, are the eighth Army, in Korea in 1953

M40 155mm 'Long Toms' of Charlie Battery 'C', 937th Field Artillery Battalion from the Arkansas National Guard, possibly in the area of Yanggu, Gangwon Province, South Korea. Sometime in May/June1951. Every heavy artillery unit (155 Howitzer, 155mm gun, 8-inch Howitzer, 8-inch gun, 240mm gun) was a former National Guard unit. Each had its own nickname for the unit. The 937th Field Artillery Battalion from the Arkansas National Guard was proudly known as the 'Arkansas Long Toms.' The 155mm gun (towed or self-propelled) was known in World War II as 'Long Toms' due to the longer length of the barrel (tube), which made it more accurate and capable of hitting long range (25000 yards) targets. The code name for the 937th over communication lines was 'NEWFORD'. A very popular reference throughout the central sector of Korea during the entire campaign of the United Nations forces was, 'Get me Newford, Operator,' or 'Here comes the Arkansas Long Toms' 

M40 155mm 'Long Toms' of Charlie Battery 'C', 937th Field Artillery Battalion from the Arkansas National Guard, possibly in the area of Yanggu, Gangwon Province, South Korea. Sometime in May/June1951. Every heavy artillery unit (155 Howitzer, 155mm gun, 8-inch Howitzer, 8-inch gun, 240mm gun) was a former National Guard unit. Each had its own nickname for the unit. The 937th Field Artillery Battalion from the Arkansas National Guard was proudly known as the 'Arkansas Long Toms.' The 155mm gun (towed or self-propelled) was known in World War II as 'Long Toms' due to the longer length of the barrel (tube), which made it more accurate and capable of hitting long range (25000 yards) targets. The code name for the 937th over communication lines was 'NEWFORD'. A very popular reference throughout the central sector of Korea during the entire campaign of the United Nations forces was, 'Get me Newford, Operator,' or 'Here comes the Arkansas Long Toms' 

Royston digitally paints over the black and white images and mixes his colours on screen.

'War is hell, no one really wins at the ground level of the battlefield,' said Royston.

'Both sides governments could go home to dinner with loved ones, but the families of soldiers had empty plates and spaces in their homes and hearts and when the war finished, the talking started.

'When I was young, I asked if war was really needed and the answer I got was that it isn't but sometimes life gives you no other choice.

'I colour the war photos to show the hard choice made by brave people of that time.'

The Korean War started on June 25, 1950 and ended on July 27, 1953. 

During the conflict, nearly five-million people died, almost all of which were from Korea. 

More than 33,000 Americans were killed and more than 100,000 were wounded.

'The message is already there for all to see in the pictures themselves but I do feel it helps the younger generation to understand that what happened was real,' added Royston.

'I love giving more life to the pictures and I think that colour improves the story the photographs tell.'  

US Cpl. James W. Rezek of Lake Andes, South Dakota (rear) keeps a lookout for communist sharpshooters, while Sgt. First Class Ralph I. Rubio of Tuscaloosa, Alabama ducks down to change positions in their trench on Korea¿s central front in January 1 1952 

US Cpl. James W. Rezek of Lake Andes, South Dakota (rear) keeps a lookout for communist sharpshooters, while Sgt. First Class Ralph I. Rubio of Tuscaloosa, Alabama ducks down to change positions in their trench on Korea's central front in January 1 1952 

Massive balls of flames are released from US cannons firing at the enemy across fields in a mountainous area. At least three of the large weapons were set up during this offensive, which involved dozens of American soldiers. The man-made trenches and lines of barricades can be seen protecting the troops from incoming fire as a conveyor belt lines up behind each cannon to load it with ammunition 

Massive balls of flames are released from US cannons firing at the enemy across fields in a mountainous area. At least three of the large weapons were set up during this offensive, which involved dozens of American soldiers. The man-made trenches and lines of barricades can be seen protecting the troops from incoming fire as a conveyor belt lines up behind each cannon to load it with ammunition 

South Korea estimated that the number of civilian deaths in the three-year conflict topped 373,599, and said nearly 138,000 of its troops died in the war. 

It is estimated that more than 33,000 US troops were killed in battle, and there were a further 2,830 non-battle deaths.

The country was divided following its liberation from Japan at the end of the Second World War. 

The Soviet Union defeated the Japanese army north of the 38th parallel - the division line between north and south - while the US forces fought in the south. In the build-up to the Korean War, the two regions had their own regions, both with their own governments, and both claimed to be the true government of the entire peninsula.

The cost of the Korean War to the US was around $67 billion. 

It is estimated that 103,284 servicemen were wounded during the three-year conflict, and more than 7,800 US troops remain unaccounted for. 

On June 25, 1950, the UN Security Council denounced North Korean aggression and called for troops to retreat. 

The U.N. Security Council denounced North Korea's actions and called for a cessation of hostilities and withdrawal of the NKPA to the 38th parallel.

Five days later, President Harry S. Truman ordered troops into action.

                   


Two US troops rest their guns on a snow-covered mounds in the Korean mountains. The Soviet Union defeated the Japanese army north of the 38th parallel - the division line between north and south - while the US forces fought in the south. In the build-up to the Korean War, the two regions had their own regions, both with their own governments, and both claimed to be the true government of the entire peninsula

Two US troops rest their guns on a snow-covered mounds in the Korean mountains. The Soviet Union defeated the Japanese army north of the 38th parallel - the division line between north and south - while the US forces fought in the south. In the build-up to the Korean War, the two regions had their own regions, both with their own governments, and both claimed to be the true government of the entire peninsula

The propellers on this US Army plane spin as four troops make their final checks before it takes off. It is loaded with a number of missiles and bombs ready to be dropped on the enemy

The propellers on this US Army plane spin as four troops make their final checks before it takes off. It is loaded with a number of missiles and bombs ready to be dropped on the enemy

Troops cover their ears as a massive explosion can be seen from a cannon fired at the Korean enemy. South Korea estimated that the number of civilian deaths in the three-year conflict topped 373,599, and said nearly 138,000 of its troops died in the war

Troops cover their ears as a massive explosion can be seen from a cannon fired at the Korean enemy. South Korea estimated that the number of civilian deaths in the three-year conflict topped 373,599, and said nearly 138,000 of its troops died in the war

US troops trek through the snow during the Korean War. The soldiers are wearing hoods and headwear under their helmets to stave off the bitterly cold weather, which dropped well below freezing during the bloody battles. One of the men has even taken to wrapping what appears to be a homemade poncho around his chest. The five armed troops, one of which is slightly cut out from the photograph, can be seen walking alongside a huge armoured tank

US troops trek through the snow during the Korean War. The soldiers are wearing hoods and headwear under their helmets to stave off the bitterly cold weather, which dropped well below freezing during the bloody battles. One of the men has even taken to wrapping what appears to be a homemade poncho around his chest. The five armed troops, one of which is slightly cut out from the photograph, can be seen walking alongside a huge armoured tank

The cannons mounted onto two tanks are fired from their position in the snow in Korea. The American soldiers around the armored vehicles can be seen covering their ears from the blast. It is estimated that 103,284 servicemen were wounded during the three-year conflict, and more than 7,800 US troops remain unaccounted for

The cannons mounted onto two tanks are fired from their position in the snow in Korea. The American soldiers around the armored vehicles can be seen covering their ears from the blast. It is estimated that 103,284 servicemen were wounded during the three-year conflict, and more than 7,800 US troops remain unaccounted for

                     

More than 5.7million US troops were sent to war in Korea during the three year conflict, and 36,574 were killed, according to official figures. A further 103,000 were wounded during the brutal campaign, which followed the invasion by North Korea of its southern neighbor

More than 5.7million US troops were sent to war in Korea during the three year conflict, and 36,574 were killed, according to official figures. A further 103,000 were wounded during the brutal campaign, which followed the invasion by North Korea of its southern neighbor

More than 5.7million US troops were sent to war in Korea during the three year conflict, and 36,574 were killed, according to official figures. 

A further 103,000 were wounded during the brutal campaign, which followed the invasion by North Korea of its southern neighbor.  

It was the first time the United Nations, founded in 1945, had been forced to play a role. 

Sixteen countries sent troops to South Korea, while 41 sent equipment or aid.

Peace talks began as early as July 1951, but it would take another two years until an armistice was signed on July 27, 1953.

THE CURRENT CRISIS IN KOREA: TRUMP WARNS AMERICA COULD 'ABSOLUTELY' GO TO WAR WITH KIM 

Donald Trump has said that the US could 'absolutely' go to war with North Korea over its continuing nuclear missile program.

'There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,' Trump said ahead of his 100th day in office on Saturday.

Nonetheless, he said he wanted to peacefully resolve the crisis by preparing a variety of new economic sanctions - but added that he would not take the military option off the table.

Conflict: Donald Trump said Thursday that it was 'absolutely possible' that the US and North Korea may end up coming to blows - but that he was seeking a nonviolent solution 

Conflict: Donald Trump said Thursday that it was 'absolutely possible' that the US and North Korea may end up coming to blows - but that he was seeking a nonviolent solution 

Rational? Trump said that he hoped Kim Jong-un was 'rational' enough to negotiate with, and that it must have been 'hard' for him to take over the country aged 27

Rational? Trump said that he hoped Kim Jong-un was 'rational' enough to negotiate with, and that it must have been 'hard' for him to take over the country aged 27

Escalation: North Korea has vowed that it will continued to build ballistic missiles such as these (undated picture released in March) so long as America maintains its 'aggression'

Escalation: North Korea has vowed that it will continued to build ballistic missiles such as these (undated picture released in March) so long as America maintains its 'aggression'

'We'd love to solve things diplomatically but it's very difficult,' he said.

Trump spoke on Thursday, just a day after he and his top national security advisers briefed US lawmakers on the North Korean threat.

They said that North Korea was 'an urgent national security threat and top foreign policy priority.'

It said it was focusing on economic and diplomatic pressure, including Chinese cooperation in containing its defiant neighbor and ally, and remained open to negotiations.

Trump, asked if he considered North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to be rational, said he was operating from the assumption that he is rational. He noted that Kim had taken over his country at an early age.

Danger: The top Navy official in the Pacific says that North Korea is deadly serious about firing nukes at the US and its allies (pictured: DPRK military drill on Tuesday) 

Danger: The top Navy official in the Pacific says that North Korea is deadly serious about firing nukes at the US and its allies (pictured: DPRK military drill on Tuesday) 

Concern: Admiral Harry B Harris Jr (pictured), the US Navy's top man in the Pacific, says that the situation in North Korea is 'the worst' he's 'ever seen'

Concern: Admiral Harry B Harris Jr (pictured), the US Navy's top man in the Pacific, says that the situation in North Korea is 'the worst' he's 'ever seen'

'He's 27 years old. His father dies, took over a regime. So say what you want but that is not easy, especially at that age.

'I'm not giving him credit or not giving him credit, I'm just saying that's a very hard thing to do.'

He perhaps felt some empathy towards the dictator given his own experiences giving up his old life in the White House.

'As to whether or not he's rational, I have no opinion on it,' he said. 'I hope he's rational.'

On Friday secretary of state Rex Tillerson will press the United Nations Security Council on sanctions to further isolate Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs.

Among those in attendance will be Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Tillerson said he wanted China - North Korea's only ally, albeit an increasingly strained one - to take the lead in diplomacy to resolve the crisis.  

'We are going to test their willingness to help us address the serious threat,' he told Fox News on Thursday.

He said China said it had already stepped in and 'requested the regime conduct no further nuclear test' to no avail.

Top officer says nukes with Kim Jong-Un are 'recipe for disaster'
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Incoming: North Korea could be just two years away from developing a nuclear warhead that could read the US, experts warn 

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He added: 'We are going to be discussing what steps may be necessary to increase pressure on Pyongyang to have them reconsider their current posture.'

US officials said military strikes remained an option but played down the prospect, though the administration has sent an aircraft carrier and a nuclear-powered submarine to the region in a show of force.

Any direct US military action would run the risk of massive North Korean retaliation and huge casualties in Japan and South Korea, and among US forces in both countries.

However, on Thursday the top US Navy official in the Pacific theater said that he would be ready to fight 'tonight'.

Admiral Harry B Harris Jr, Commander of US Pacific Command, said that he would prefer a diplomatic end to tensions, and that he was confident in the leadership of Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

'We want to bring Kim Jong-un to his senses - not to his knees,' he told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

However, he warned that the US needs to treat Kim as though he has the capability and intention to launch missiles at America or its allies, South Korea and Australia.

'The North Korean crisis is the worst I've ever seen,' he said.  



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