Christmas in the trenches 1917

42nd Black Watch Battalion Christmas Card

An interesting look at how one of the battalions in Malcolm’s division spent Christmas a hundred years ago. It was a “quiet day” according to the divisional war diary. But the war went on: 5 patrols were out, and the Germans shelled their positions with a high velocity gun. Later, aeroplanes dropped some pineapples – of the explosive variety. Not what any of us, anno 2017, and sitting in front of our Christmas trees, would describe as quiet!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!!