The Fifth Christmas (1943)

THE FIFTH CHRISTMAS was made as a Christmas greeting from Canadians overseas to people at home. The film is presented as service men and women writing Christmas letters home on the fifth Christmas of WWII. The events of the previous Christmases are shown through their reminiscences. 1939 – troops leaving Canada for overseas; 1940 – London bombed – churches burning; 1941 – Japan and the war in the Atlantic; 1942 – WRENs and WACs going overseas. The fifth Christmas of 1943 is shown with footage of military personnel and civilians going into churches in Scotland, England, and Italy; Christmas parcels from family and friends in Canada are shown being sorted, shipped by train, and picked by service men in England and Italy; soldiers giving gifts to an Italian family; Christmas dinner at an officer’s mess; Christmas party given by the military for local children; British civilians providing fresh fowl to the Canadian soldiers for Christmas dinner; toasting the seasons with civilians in Britain; a Christmas party on a Corvette in the North Atlantic; men working on ships and planes on Christmas. Film ends with a New Year’s party in London attended by Canadian service men and women. An officer gives a speech on the brutal times ahead and explains that the inevitable coming of these days of violence are necessary to achieve “peace on earth, goodwill towards men”.

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    The narrator introducing the film is LGen Henry Crerar, GOC 1st Canadian Corps.