Christmas 1918

'Christmas Overseas 1918' postcard with an illustration of several troops looking through packages

American Red Cross postcard, 1918

Virtual Exhibit

Longing for Home

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YMCA postcard sent by Lt. E. L. Norberg, 1918

Over two million American military service men and women were stationed in Europe when the declaration of Armistice on November 11, 1918 effectively ended World War I. The deployed service personnel of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) transitioned from combat readiness, advanced to occupy Germany and began preparations to demobilize. Many, who had hoped to return home to the United States by Christmas 1918 could not, but with the help of the Red Cross, military and postal officials already had plans to deliver Christmas by mail.

 
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US troops after Armistice
Courtesy National Archives
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Knights of Columbus postcard, 1918