WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 41 – Christmas at the Front

A British soldier holding up a can of Christmas pudding at snow-covered Neulette, France 17 December 1917. © IWM (Q 6401)

I was going to write a post about each of the four Christmases during WWI. However I found that the Imperial War Museum had, unsurprisingly, got there before me, so I will instead direct you to their “Voices of the First World War: Christmas at the Front” which includes a podcast.

I will also direct you to a post by Rob Ruggenberg where he shares a poem entitled Christmas Day on the Somme, written by Leslie George Rub, an Australian soldier who died in WWI. It was found in his letters by his great-niece and was written on the front during Christmas 1916. It is both humorous, sarcastic and deeply touching


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