By Rebecca Drew
GHOSTS of the last time America went to war in Korea have brought back to life through the work of a British electrician.
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 Pyonyang, Korea.
Other images show troops trekking through snow during winter and tanks being fired.
The mind-blowing pictures have been expertly colourised by electrician Royston Leonard (54) from Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. 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. Almost 40,000 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.”