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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On this day: Australian Soldiers in Egypt

Group portrait of the Australian 11th (Western Australia) Battalion, 3rd Infantry Brigade, Australian Imperial Force posing on the Great Pyramid of Giza on 10 January 1915, prior to the

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10th January 1915: Members of the Australian 11th (Western Australia) Battalion, 3rd Infantry Brigade, Australian Imperial Force pose for a group photograph on the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. The Australians did a lot of their training in the country.

In April of the same year they would take part in the infamous landings at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire (modern-day Turkey). 378 men in this battalion were amongst the 26 111 Australian casualties, which included 8141 deaths.

On this day: a War Pigeon at Work

Royal Engineers from the British Army remove a message attached to the leg of a carrier pigeon on the 27th of December, 1917. Homing pigeons were used extensively during the First World War.

Image from Britain’s Imperial War Museum.

Royal Engineers removing a message from the special carrier attached to the leg of a carrier pigeon, near Dickebusch, 27 December 1917. First World War World War One

On this day: British troops back from Tunisia

This photograph, from the 26th of December, 1942, is of officers from Britain’s 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment. They are resting near Beja in Portugal after a drop on Depienne, Tunisia.

The officer’s names are: Captain Stark, Lieutenant Braylet and Major Ashford.

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Officers from the 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment resting near Beja after returning from a drop on Depienne. From left to right Captain Stark, Lieutenant Braylet and Major Ashford. 26t

On this day: Christmas Day in the Australian Women’s Army Service

Lae, New Guinea, 25 December 1945. The Right Honourable J.B. Chifley talking to Sergeant Pritchard, AWAS, the only woman interpreter of Japanese in the Australian Army.

25th December 1945: The Right Honourable J.B. Chifley is photographed talking to Sergeant Pritchard of the Australian Women’s Army Service in Lae, New Guinea.

Pritchard was the Australian Army’s only Japanese translator during the Second World War.

The AWAS saw tens of thousands of women serve in the army for the final four years of the war. The organisation was disbanded in 1947.

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.

Wartime Christmas

Jul_på_sykesal_-_Christmas_at_the_hospital_(6105323889)Christmas at the Norwegian hospital in London during WWII. Second World War Two. Black and White. Vintage. 1940s.

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This image, from the National Archives of Norway, shows a Norwegian hospital at Christmastime during the Second World War. Neutral Norway was invaded and occupied by the Nazis on the 9th of April, 1940, and was not liberated until 1945.