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28 Incredible Vintage Photographs of Troops Celebrating the Holidays During World War II

Christmas is a time when normal routine is suspended for many people – and so it was in the depths of World War II. For civilians and military alike during the 1939-45 period, normality was a loose concept, but these vintage photos show how they attempted to put on a brave face and observe some of the traditions that they would have enjoyed during peacetime.

Men of the USS Lexington celebrating Christmas with a Santa suited up for firefighting. 1944.

Christmas sign and tree at the Italian front, 1944.

American WACs decorate their tent at the Italian front, 1944.

American WACs make paper chains to decorate their tiny tree, Italy, 1944.

American servicemen (with Santa centre) celebrating Christmas on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 1942.

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28 Incredible Vintage Photographs of Troops Celebrating the Holidays During World War II

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