First Christmas Home in 4 years, 1943

Adding our knowledge of the female side to the war – this site deserves attention!

The War Time Woman

I have been home with the children this week, as they are on school holidays. By the end of the day I am very glad to see my husband! I cannot imagine not seeing him for months on end, let alone years.  I have also worked on Christmas day in the past, but was always able to catch up with family and friends at some stage – Imagine not having Christmas with you family or seeing them for four years! And then most of them only got 24 hours leave. What people had to cope with during WWII is worth remembering.

This article from the Australian Women’s Weekly, December 1943

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Some men returned home to meet their new child for the first time – for some a baby, and for others a much older child. Others spent their first night together on their honey moon, having married quickly before being…

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on December 19, 2015, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.

  1. I never forgave my mother for throwing my slouch hat out with the garbage. It was sacrilege, and I’ve never been able to forgive or forget, I was inordinately proud to wear my slouch hat.

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  2. Didn’t quite finish that… Shortly afterwards she got a letter from him that he had hiked out from his plane crash in Burma and was fine. I can’t begin to imagine what she must have gone through over those few days. –Curt

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  3. It had to be ever so tough, the not knowing as much as anything else in the days before modern communication. Peggy’s mom still has the telegraph that informed her that her husband John was missing in action.

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    • I can not imagine the emptiness of hearing of a loved one’s death or missing by telegraph. All you have is that meager piece of paper telling you that you life is – not only upside-down – but now it is inside-out! I don’t doubt that Peggy’s mom still has the wire.

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  4. Great story and interesting blog. Glad you found it. 4 years is a long time especially during the holiday time.

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  5. What a great reminder. There are so many who won’t be home for Christmas. I am thankful I can at least talk to my two warriors.

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  6. Great reminder of the sacrifices being made by our military families; especially during the Holidays.

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  7. Thanks for the pointer! You’re so right.

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  8. Looks like an interesting site…I’m going to follow. Thanks for introducing us, GP.

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  9. Phenomenal piece GP. One of the reasons I admire and follow your blog is you present the War from ALL angles, Women’s contributions to the War both in Theater and at Home is something that needs to be recognized and applauded. Bottom line if Women did not pick up a nurses cap or a rivet gun, the War could not have been won!! Bravo!!

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    • Thank you, Steven – for all the compliments. All I say is – I try. Sometimes I do get neglectful and I need a nudge in the right direction. I have friends like you to thank for that.

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  10. Great article on a subject that does not get enough attention. I had an aunt who was a Wave nurse at Mare Island. I’ll have to do a post on that.

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  11. Thanks for finding this one.

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  12. A nice seasonal tribute to all of those serving away from home at this time of year.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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