Father Christmas under shell fire
|Title||Father Christmas under shell fire|
|Object type||Actuality footage|
|Maker||Hurley, James Francis (Frank)|
|Place made||North Africa: Western Desert, Western Desert (Egypt), El Alamein Area, El Alamein|
|Date made||December 1942|
|Measurement||4 min 47 sec|
|Video||Download video 21.11 MB|
This film taken less than 2000 yards from the German lines shows how the gifts were secured from the Father Christmas store. The shopping innovation was conceived by NX12629 Lieutenant-Colonel E MacArthur-Onslow DSO ED for his Machine Gun Regiment. Other units caught up the idea and the excitement of Christmas shopping was intensified by the falling of Jerry shells. This travelling emporium concealed beneath camouflage a few hundred yards behind the front line posts was a veritable treasure chest of knick-knacks from glittering hair combs to dainty slippers and all that is worn between - dear to a woman's fancy.
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