Christmas 1941

Christmas_dinner_celebrations_on_board_HMS_WESTMINSTER_at_Rosyth,_December_1941__A6484Christmas dinner celebrations on board HMS Westminster at Rosyth, Scotland. 25th December 1941. Roya

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Christmas dinner celebrations on board HMS Westminster on the 25th of December, 1941, while the warship was docked at Rosyth, Scotland. The ship served in – and survived – both the First and Second World Wars, and was then sold for scrap in 1947.

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On this day: a heavy loss for Britain in the war

A heavily retouched Japanese photograph of HMS PRINCE OF WALES (upper) and REPULSE (lower) after being hit by Japanese torpedoes on 10 December 1941, off Malaya. A British destroyer can

HMS_Prince_of_Wales_and_HMS_Repulse_underway_with_Loss of HMS Prince of Wales (53) and HMS Repulse, 10 December 1941 Photograph taken from a Japanese plane, with the battleship Prince of

A retouched version, and the original image.

10th December 1941: Britain suffered heavy losses off the coast of Malaya at the midway point of the Second World War. Japanese torpedoes took out both HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse, delivering a heavy blow to British morale.

The photograph was taken from a Japanese aeroplane.

The retouched image can be found in the collection of the Imperial War Museum.

On this day: Japanese troops in China

9th December 1937: Japanese troops march on Nanking, China, carrying guns and wheels.

Days later, the soldiers would begin a spree of mass rape and mass murder that claimed the lives of between 40 000 and 300 000 people. The crime would come to be known as the Rape of Nanking, or the Nanking Massacre.

Carrying_guns_and_wheels01The Japanese military unit gradually closes up to Nanking Castle for all-out attack, carrying guns and wheels on their shoulders and backs.(Dec. 9, 1937) Rapae

On this day: December 1944

Second World War Two Black and White Vintage 1940s A British jeep passes a sign warning against looting on the outskirts of Ravenna, Italy, 7 December 1944.

From the collection of the Imperial War Museum

7th December 1944: A British jeep passes a sign on the side of the road in Ravenna in Northern Italy warning people not to loot. It optimistically suggests the Second World War would end soon.

The Allies had many reasons to believe this to be true. Italy’s fascist dictator Benito Mussolini had been arrested and dismissed the year before, and the Allies had worked their way through the country, defeating Axis powers.

The war would end a few months after this photograph was taken.

On this day…

6th December 1943: Ordinary Seaman P S Buckingham of Norwich updates the U-boat kills on the HMS Hesperus while it is docked at Liverpool, England. Second World War.

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Ordinary Seaman P S Buckingham, of Norwich keeping a record of U boat kills on the side of the wheelhouse on board HMS HESPERUS, docked at Liverpool. England Second World War Two

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Creator H. Allison & Co. Photographers Date 22nd November 1906 McAdam family of Ashfield, Cootehill, County Cavan. Ireland Edwardian Era

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22nd November 1906: the McAdam family of Ashfield, Cootehill, County Cavan (which falls in modern-day Republic of Ireland).

Since the Partition of Ireland in the 1920s County Cavan, part of the region of Ulster, has formed part of the Border Region with Northern Ireland.

The photograph was taken by H. Allison & Co. Photographers, and is held in the public record office of Northern Ireland.