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ID number F07003
Title Christmas in Palestine, 1941
Collection Film
Object type To be confirmed
Maker Rintel, David Leslie (Cinematographer)
Date made December 1941
Physical description 35mm/b&w/silent
Measurement 12 min 24 sec
Video Download video 54.95 MB
Note Open


Soldier in bed at No. 1 Australian General Hospital receiving and opening Red Cross Christmas parcel. Soldier having a glass of milk for Christmas dinner. Soldier with a light diet including a bottle of beer. Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) personnel making coffee, taking turkey out of a oven, basting and carving turkey. Christmas decorations. Troops receiving their Australian Comforts Fund (ACF) Christmas parcels, at Julius. Cases of ACF parcels being unloaded in the rain and mud. Stacks of parcels as unpacked from cases. Trucks leaving with parcels for distribution to units. Table set with various diets. Close up of the serves. A cook carving the turkey and shot of the Christmas cake. General Blamey visits ACF hostel in Jerusalem. General Blamey inspects and addresses VAD parade. VAD hockey team versus men's team at Julius on New Year's Day 1942. Mixed mess of VAD and soldiers. VADs having rides on Bren gun carriers. General Morshead with group of officers watching sporting events. Bookmaker A.W.L. Riley wearing a fez shouts odds from his stand. Various shots of soldiers and VADs watching donkey and camel races.

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