Christmas during the Second World War Canadian soldiers enjoying a few
drinks on Christmas Day at the front, Ortona, Italy, December 25, 1943.
Admiralty Christmas Party for Allied Naval Officers' children, 1942.
This photograph shows 'Father Christmas' presenting Winston Churchill
Junior, the Prime Minister's grandson, with a gift of a book of nursery
rhymes at a Christmas party at Admiralty House.
US Army Pfc. W. J. Kessler, Pfc. J. L. Proffitt, Pvt. B. Narter, Cpl. T.
J. Barnewski, and Pfc. J. Stoll handling Christmas packages from home for
their artillery unit, Germany, 26 Nov 1944.
Pvt Walter Prsybyla of B Btry, 37th Field Artillery Regt, US 2nd Inf Div
writing Christmas cards for friends and family from an artillery ammunition
storehouse, Heckhalenfeld, Germany, 30 Nov 1944.
1940s Bell telephone woman operator wartime Christmas.
A Christmas party held at Admiralty House, London, 17 December 1942 for
allied naval officers children. 'Father Christmas' in a costume and mask
presents a young girl with a gift.
Shown are WACs of the 2nd War Company, Norfolk Air Base, Barracks A,
HRPE, seated around a Christmas tree with their mascot dog.
G.I. gets a belated Christmas gift, late due to the Battle of the Bulge.
Belgium, January 1945.
Canadian Seaforth Highlanders enjoy a Christmas dinner on December 25,
1943 in Ortona, Italy.
Wartime Christmas on Guadalcanal.
S Army Pfc. Carl Anker, Pfc. Edmund Dill, and Sgt. Ted Bailey sharing
the contents of the care package sent by Dill's wife for the Christmas
holiday, somewhere in Europe, 18 Nov 1944.
An ATS girl kisses a soldier under some mistletoe held aloft by her
friend, while their depot is preparing for Christmas Day. 20th December 1939
US Army Sergeant Joseph H. Kadlec delivering Christmas packages sent
from home, near Aachen, Germany, 14 Nov 1944.
December 1940 in a British bomb shelter.
An American soldier shares presents from home with Italian children
Soldier admires drawings on Christmas V Mail being sent to America from
U.S. troops stationed in England, 1942.
US 5th Armored Regiment tankers gathering around a fire and opening
Christmas presents, near Eupen, 30 december 1944; note M4 Sherman tank.
U.S. Soldiers Caroleers Circle Globe.The Christmas spirit is universal,
the traditions unchanging even in the midst of war. Where ever our American
troops are to be found throughout the world Christmas Carols will be heard
in joyful hymns on the eve of the Nativity of Christ. In Iceland - "O, Come
Ye, O Come Ye, To Bethlehem". 1942.
Roosevelt addresses the crowd at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony
from the White House South Portico on December 24, 1941. Churchill can be
seen on the right.
Christmas shopping, 1945.
American soldiers enjoying a Christmas dinner in Italy, 1943.
An American soldier with Christmas presents from home.
U.S. soldier eating ice cream with a little British boy at Christmas
party given by troops of the USAAF Service Command for 100 English evacuees
at a station "somewhere" in England, 1943.
Left to right: Cpl. Michael J. Sabagh [381st HQ] of Lawrence, Mass.,
Pvt. Larry H. James [2021st Fire Platoon] of Campbellsville, Ky., Cpl.
Goldmer S. Elkins [2003rd Fire Platoon] of Cyclone, W.Va., and Cpl. Thomas
Hallingam [330th SS] of Pittsburgh, Pa., trim a Christmas tree for a party
given for homeless children somewhere in England. 13 December 1943.
On a Red Cross Christmas Card, U.S. Soldiers in England sent home this
scene showing a service at bombed St. Mark's Church, London. Dec. 28, 1942
Post office at Christmas time, Oak Ridge, 1944.
Christmas lunch for a Canadian soldier: "A bottle of beer per man,
cigarettes, nuts, oranges & apples, chocolate..." Ortona, Italy, December
Even Father Christmas follows the war time safety precautions as he
arrives this year, complete with tin helmet and gas mask case, at London's
famous Brompton road store, Harrods. 6th November 1939.
This is a sad memorial - In New York City, 1944, piles of Christmas
packages meant for American Servicemen who have been listed as missing or
killed in action build up and await a Return to Sender stamp.
Christmas at Buna, Papua, 1942. American soldiers at an advanced
dressing station with a handmade Christmas tree decorated with surgical
cotton wool and cigarette cartons.
War or no war, London stores are determined to have their usual pre-war
Christmas season and display. 14 November, 1941.
US Fifth Army In Italy, Lighted MERRY XMAS sign behind 65-ft. Christmas
tree lit up by Italian bulbs strung up by Special Services & the 53rd Signal
Battalion at the top of Radicosa Pass at 2500 ft. elevation direction signs
to Bologna as Amer. MP stand guard, in the Appennine M .. Italy December 18,
German soldiers of the Volkssturm celebrate Christmas in a cellar,
sharing with each other cigarettes and holiday messages from home delivered
on postcards. The Volkssturm was established on 18 October 1944. It
conscripted males between the ages of 16 to 60 years who were not already
serving in some military unit as part of a German Home Guard. Near
Königsberg, East Prussia, Prussia, Germany (now, Kaliningrad, Kaliningrad
Oblast, Russia). December 1944.