On this day: the Doolittle Raid

The Doolittle Raid, a series of US bomb attacks on Japan, took place on the 18th of April, 1942. Also called the Tokyo Raid, it was seen as retaliation for the Pearl Harbor attack a few months before.

Army_B-25_(Doolittle_Raid)The Doolittle Raid, also known as the Tokyo Raid, on Saturday, April 18, 1942,

Christmas as a prisoner of war.

The Chungkai Camp was operated by the Japanese during World War Two, and prisoners – including soldiers from Britain and the Commonwealth – were made to work on the Burma–Thailand Railway.

This “Christmas card” is in the collection of London’s Imperial War Museum, and was created in either 1943 or 1944. It depicts Father Christmas in a loincloth, carrying a sack of presents through a bamboo fence.

It was very dangerous to make images while a prisoner in the camp. One prisoner, Jack Chalker, reported his sketches of camp life being discovered by a Korean guard. Chalker was beaten for days as punishment.


Christmas Propaganda

As the Korean War entered its second year, and the second Christmas of the conflict came close, the Chinese government produced Christmas-themed propaganda leaflets to be spread amongst United Nations forces.

This leaflet is from 1951. It would be another year and a half before the war ended.

Whatever the colour, race or creed,

All plain folks are brothers indeed.

Both you and we want life and peace,

If you go home, the war will cease.

Demand Peace!

Stop the War!



On this day: the First Battle of Maryang San


Australian soldiers participating in the battle. X

Primarily fought by British and Australian troops against Chinese forces, the First Battle of Maryang San began in Korea on the 3rd of October, 1951. It is considered to be one of Australia’s greatest achievements in the Korean War.


Australian troops lead captured Chinese soldiers away. X

The victorious United Nations forces also included soldiers from Canada, New Zealand and the United States.

The battle concluded on the 8th of October.

Bride Kidnapping in the Nineteenth Century

This is an early 1870s photograph, believed to be a bride kidnapping underway in Central Asia. The woman holds her whip in the direction of the men.

Despite now being illegal, to this day bride kidnapping is still widely practiced in the region. X

Early 1870s photograph believed to be a bride kidnapping underway in Central Asia. Despite being illegal to this day bride kidnapping is still widely practiced in the region.