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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Christmas Day at War

Royal_Artillery_cooks_preparing_Christmas_dinner_near_Geilenkirchen,_Germany,_25_December_1944__B13139 Second World War Two Black and White Christmas Day Vintage

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25th December 1944: British Royal Artillery cooks prepare Christmas dinner near the German town of Geilenkirchen. The region had fallen to the Allies the month before.

On this day: Manchester in flames

23rd December 1940: Buildings in Manchester, England burn through the night after a Nazi German air raid. 272 tons of high explosive were dropped on the city that night.

The so-called Manchester Blitz began in August of that year.

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Buildings burning in Manchester after a German air raid on the night of 23 December 1940. Second World War Two Black and White Vintage

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.

100 Years Ago

IWM_Q12574 Third Battle of Gaza. Turkish trenches in El Arish Redoubt, Captured by the 4th Royal Scots, supported by two Companies of the 8th Cameronians, 52nd Division, 2nd November 191

2nd November 1917Third Battle of Gaza. Turkish trenches in El Arish Redoubt, captured by British forces. First World War.

The battle as fought over the night of the 1st – 2nd November, and resulted in an Allied victory over the combined forces of the German and Ottoman Empires.

On this day: the Battle of the Canal du Nord

The Battle of the Canal du Nord was fought in France between Allied forces and the German Empire from the 27th of September to the 1st of October, 1918, resulting in an Allied victory.

This photograph, dated as the first day of the battle, shows a horse team of the British Royal Field Artillery pulling a field gun up a slope near Moeuvres.

Battle of the Canal du Nord. British Army. A Horse team of the Royal Field Artillery pulling an 18 pounder field gun up the slope of a cutting through the bank of the Canal du Nord, near