In 1914 France was a great power emerging from isolation. It had over 55.5 million inhabitants outside of mainland France and stretched over 10.5 million square kilometers. From the beginning of the Great war to its ending, more than one million soldiers were killed in the line of duty. Many photographers were working during the war. And for the first time, they captured color photographs using an early technology called autochrome, first introduced in 1907 by the Lumiere brothers. However, the procedure was very time-consuming and expensive. Even with widespread color technology, only 50% of American newspapers used color by 1980, making it all more difficult to view color photos taken by French Army. Have a look at these amazing color photos that capture French soldiers during the Great War.