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.
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.
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.
The Rynatt family of Northern Ireland. Family portrait taken on the 9th of November, 1944. Some family members are dressed in military clothing, as Northern Ireland fought in the Second World War and came under attack from the Nazis.