Winter 1916

Pow_Winter_Recreation_Art_IWMART17084 German Prisoners of War Recreation Alexandra Palace London 1916 First World War One

This painting, from the collection of the Imperial War Museum, shows German prisoners of war playing in the snow outside Alexandra Palace in London.

At the beginning of the First World War the area housed Belgian refugees, but as the war continued it was transformed into an internment camp for Germans and Austrians.

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On this day: Australian Soldiers in Egypt

Group portrait of the Australian 11th (Western Australia) Battalion, 3rd Infantry Brigade, Australian Imperial Force posing on the Great Pyramid of Giza on 10 January 1915, prior to the

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10th January 1915: Members of the Australian 11th (Western Australia) Battalion, 3rd Infantry Brigade, Australian Imperial Force pose for a group photograph on the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. The Australians did a lot of their training in the country.

In April of the same year they would take part in the infamous landings at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire (modern-day Turkey). 378 men in this battalion were amongst the 26 111 Australian casualties, which included 8141 deaths.

On this day: a War Pigeon at Work

Royal Engineers from the British Army remove a message attached to the leg of a carrier pigeon on the 27th of December, 1917. Homing pigeons were used extensively during the First World War.

Image from Britain’s Imperial War Museum.

Royal Engineers removing a message from the special carrier attached to the leg of a carrier pigeon, near Dickebusch, 27 December 1917. First World War World War One

The Christmas Truce, 1916.

The_Christmas_Truce_on_the_Western_Front,_1914_Q5072025th December 1916 British and German troops meet in No-Man's Land to bury their dead during an unofficial truce on Christmas Day. Fi

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25th December 1914. First World War: British and German troops meet in No-Man’s Land to bury their dead during an unofficial truce on Christmas Day. The men were killed in fighting on the 18th.

On this day: Australians take New Guinea from the Germans

16th December 1914 Australian flag-raising ceremony in Angorum, New Guinea. Proclamation of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force taking control of the country from the G

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This photograph was taken in 1914, several months into the First World War.

At the outbreak of the war part of New Guinea, a large island in Oceania, was under German control. Australia, whose mainland is about 150 kilometres from the island, raised the Australian flag in a ceremony on the 16th of December.

Christmas in Canada

This photograph was taken on Christmas Day, 1901 in Ontario, Canada. People play ice hockey on the Rideau Canal in the capital city, Ottawa. The original image is slightly darker.

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Ice_hockey_1901 Hockey on the [Rideau] Canal [Christmas Day 1901]. 25 December 1901 Ottawa, Ontario. Canada. Winter Black and White