Loudmouth and odious Minister of Propaganda and Public Enlightenment Joseph Goebbels gave Hitler eighteen Mickey Mouse films for Christmas in 1942.
(Source: Goebbels by Ralf Georg Reuth.)
In the final post for this year’s holidays, here are some images of the holidays as celebrated on the home front.
In many Eastern European countries a common tradition is building Christmas cribs. The first one is said to be credited to St. Francis of Assisi who, according to a tale, set it in a forest clearing. The crib contained the figurines of the Christmas Eve characters and living animals. Later on the venture found its followers who transformed it into a sophisticated art. One such follower built a Christmas Crib that opted to show Christmas life in post-war Germany instead of the traditional subjects. Here are some pics of the crib scenes and the description that accompanied them.
[Images courtesy of the Sulekha.com.]
Iceland occupied an interesting position during World War II due to its geography. Its location along the North Atlantic sealanes was much prized by both the Allies and the Axis and led eventually to the British invasion on 10 May 1940. The British, and subsequently from 7 July 1941 onward, the Americans, quickly set-up naval and air bases to help protect the beleaguered convoys during the height of the Battle of the North Atlantic. The 25,000 British and 40,000 American troops stationed there outnumbered all adult men in Iceland at the time. Obviously, the forces stationed there celebrated the holidays in the same fashion as those elsewhere. Gathered below are a few pictures of this.
[Images courtesy of the US Army Center of Military History.]
Tad found a collection of Russian Holiday posters for me. The site provided the following description which appears to sum it all up.
On some of such Santa looked not very peaceful in his solidarity attempt to defeat the “malicious attacker”. So probably those are the only ones where Santa can hold a machine gun or be in some other furious acts.”
[Images courtesy of English Russia.]
The British Airgraph system was utilized to reduce the weight of mail being transported and secure the mail against accidental loss or destruction. The V-Mail system used by the US forces during the war was based on this. Below you’ll find an example of a holiday card sent in this fashion and the text used to explain the system.
[Images courtesy of the Kitchener-Waterloo Philatelic Society.]
Of the the two joys most commonly represented in World War Two holiday photographs of the troops, pictures of troops celebrating (decorating, singing, etc.) is by far the more numerous and the one most filled with the “spirit” of the holidays. A major part of this is that troops could use a variety of home-made items located in the field to decorate whereas they were limited in their access to the mail (the other joy most commonly represented.