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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