Scotland 1917

January 1917: A group of women in Leith, Midlothian, Scotland paint the hull of a Royal Navy Motor Launch with anti-fouling paint on a snowy day. First World War.

Leith, Midlothian, Scotland_Art_IWMART1364 January 1917 First World War One A group of women at work painting the hull of a Royal Navy Motor Launch with anti-fouling paint.

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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.

Christmas Day During Wartime

Christmas_day_football_WWI_1915Officers and men of 26th Divisional Ammunition Train playing football in Salonika, Greece on Christmas day 1915. 25th December 1915 British

From the collection of the Imperial War Museums.

British officers and men stationed in Salonika (Thessaloniki), Greece play football on the 25th of December, 1915. First World War.

A Christmas Drink, 1916.

Christmas_on_the_Western_Front,_1914-1918_Q1632British press chauffeurs drinking to the King's health at their Christmas dinner, Rollencourt Chateau, 25th December 1916. First World War

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Rollencourt Chateau, France: British press chauffeurs drinking to the King’s health at their Christmas dinner. 25th December 1916. First World War.

On this day: the Battle of Magdhaba

Australian_Lewis_gunner_MagdhabaAustralian War Memorial image P00812.011. An Australian soldier firing a Lewis Gun during the Battle of Magdhaba 23rd December 1916 First World War One

An Australian soldier firing a Lewis Gun during the battle.

The Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

The Battle of Magdhaba, officially known in Britain as the Affair of Magdhaba, was a First World War battle fought between the British and Ottoman Empires on the 23rd of December, 1916.

9th_Light_Horse_Regiment_MagdhabaThe advance of the Australian 9th Light Horse Regiment (3rd Light Horse Brigade) at Battle of Magdhaba, 23 December 1916. First World War One

The advance of the Australian 9th Light Horse Regiment.

British Empire forces, consisting of British, Australian, Indian and New Zealand soldiers, defeated the Turks on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula in a day of fierce fighting.

Winter at War

Mametz_Western_Front_(Frank_Crozier)Anzac soldiers in the snow near Mametz, France at the end of the Battle of the Somme. 1916-17. By Frank Crozier (1883–1948), Australian official war

Anzac soldiers in the snow near Mametz, France at the end of the Battle of the Somme. 1916-17. By Frank Crozier (1883–1948), Australian official war artist.

From the collection of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.