Christmas at the WWI Front - December 2014

The Sydney Morning Herald / The Canberra Times
Professional writer: Chris Sheedy
1500 words


'The Great War: Christmas at the Front'

The Great War rolled mercilessly onward, but Australian troops often managed to make their Christmas Day just a little bit special.

A few days before Christmas in 1915, Australians at home were presented with wonderful news. Their brothers, sons and fathers in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF), men who had been carrying out a desperate, deadly and ultimately futile eight-month campaign against the Turks, had been evacuated from the Gallipoli Peninsula. Instead of spending Christmas in trenches and facing countless dangers, they would instead be safely ensconced on ships, at the Army base on Lemnos Island or in Egypt. READ ON