Thursday, December 6, 2018

33 Vintage Photos of Christmas during the Second World War

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 
during Christmas.

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 
25, 1943.

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.

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