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A Merry Xmas: 1940

A Merry Xmas: 1940

Australian soldiers at Christmas dinner in the Australian Club (old East Hotel) in Jerusalem between 1940 and 1946. View full size. Matson Photo Service.


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I'm in love with the man in front, second from right. When we get the time machine up and running, I'm booking passage to the time and place in this picture. First, though, I'd have to stop in about 1980 and get myself back to how I looked then!

Of course it could be worse

The could be drinking American beer. Or Fosters.

Ballarat Bitter?

No wonder they look so down in the mouth. They're drinking poor quality Victorian beer. Ballarat Beer and at war... Could life be any worse?

Australian Xmas

Between '40 and '46 there was a major altercation . . .

Merry Xmas?

Wouldn't an Australian Club have used Happy Xmas on their banner hanging above?

Seems like the Brits used Happy Christmas as a greeting.

[Maybe it's a British-made banner? - Dave]

A bit of home

The beer is Ballarat Bitter and the leaves on the walls look like eucalyptus, which with its unique smell would have so reminded them of home.

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