9th-10th January 1940: Members of the Second Australian Imperial Force boarding ships in Sydney to travel to the Middle East. These soldiers defeated the Italians in North Africa. Second World War.
Today is Christmas Eve by the old calendar, and is still celebrated by millions of people around the world, especially in Eastern Europe.
The 6th of January is also the date of the beginning of Koliada, an ancient Slavic winter festival that predates Christianity. The festival is now incorporated into Christmas festivities.
Koliada in the Mogilev region of Belarus at Christmastime in 1903.
The festival in Lviv, Ukraine.
6th January 1941: A column of Italian soldiers, captured after their defeat by combined Australian and British forces, are marched to an army base after the Battle of Bardia in Libya.
Bardia was the first battle planned and commanded by Australians in the Second World War. Italy was aligned with Nazi Germany in the war.
These images show survivors of the sinking of the Nazi German battleship Scharnhorst, after being rescued and kept prisoner on board Britain’s HMS Duke of York.
Sunk during the Battle of the North Cape on the 26th of December, 1943, only 36 of a 1968-man crew were rescued. The first image shows an injured German being transported for medical treatment. The second image shows other survivors under guard.
25th December 1914: British and German officers pose for a photograph in No-Man’s Land during the famous unofficial Christmas truce in the first year of World War One.
For one day soldiers put down their weapons and celebrated the holiday with their enemies.
The British officers pictured here are from the Northumberland Hussars, 7th Division, Bridoux-Rouge Banc Sector.