Christmas on the Western Front

British troops eat Christmas dinner in a shell hole in Beaumont Hamel, France on the 25th of December, 1916. The commune was almost completely destroyed during the Battle of the Somme that took place that year.

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Christmas_on_the_Western_Front,_1914-1918_Q1630British troops eating their Christmas dinner in a shell hole, Beaumont Hamel, 25th December 1916. First World War One

A Wartime Christmas

December 1916. First World War: Injured soldiers celebrate Christmas in the 3rd Northern General Hospital in Sheffield, England. Sheffield was bombed by a German zeppelin during the war, and soldiers from the region suffered heavy casualties in the Battle of the Somme.

Christmas_at_the_3rd_Northern_General_Hospital,_Sheffield,_1916_(9490957023) Christmas at the 3rd Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, England 1916. First World War One.

 

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A Prison Camp Christmas

Ruhleben_Prison_Camp_-_Christmas_Dinner_Art_IWMART528 1917 Frist world War One German Camp British Empire Prisoners

This painting depicts Christmas dinner in the Ruhleben internment camp in Germany in 1917. The camp, located west of Berlin, housed between 4000 and 5500 mainly British prisoners during the First World War.

The work was created by Anglo-Dutch artist Nico Jungmann, who was interned at Ruhleben because he was a naturalised British citizen.

From the collection of the Imperial War Museums.

Christmas Eve and Koliada

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.

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Калядоўшчыкi_Горацкага_павета_,_Магілёўская_губерня,_1903гKoliada in the Mogilev region of Belarus at Christmastime in 1903. X

The festival in Lviv, Ukraine.

Парад_вуличних_вертепів_у_Львові,_початок_2010-х Winter Koliada and Ukrainian Christmas in Lviv Ukraine

Christmas 1914

The_Christmas_Truce_on_the_Western_Front,_1914_Q50721British and German officers meeting in No-Man's Land during the unofficial truce. (British troops from the Northumberland Hussars, 7t

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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.