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Christmas At War

There was no way for the GI's to come home for Christmas, so the Radio Networks tried to bring Home to the GI's. Take a magical sleigh ride back into World War II Christmas celebrations with this incredible collection of radio shows from every genre.

Christmas At War

49 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 22 hours, 32 min)
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1944 Christmas

Take a magical sleigh ride into yesteryear with this Christmas collection: 49 assorted holiday-in-wartime radio broadcasts. It's an auditory bonanza of old time entertainment, studded with a little bit of everything: the madcap hilarity of comedians like Jack Benny and the duo Burns and Allen; carols from favorite crooners like Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby accompanied by pieces from popular orchestras of the day; spiced with a little mystery, drama and horror for complex seasonal flavor.

After the first shots were fired near the end of July 1914 in what would be called "The Great War" (a.k.a. 'the War to End all Wars') the Armies of Europe rushed pell-mell into the fray with such ferocity that everyone was convinced that they would all be home with their families for Christmas. As we all know now, it was not to be. The stunning and glorious maneuvers of the early weeks of the War quickly degenerated into the stalemate of Trench Warfare. The rains and mud of Autumn and early winter prevented any possibility of attack, but the lines still had to be manned.

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On December 7, Pope Benedict XV called on both sides to declare a cease-fire to allow for the Celebration of Christmas. The leaders of the belligerents in their capitols ignored His Holiness's suggestion, but conditions were different on the front lines. On Christmas Eve, troops in the trenches began raising their voices in song. When one carol came to an end, it was answered by a new chorus from an opposing trench.

On Christmas Morning, troops began emerging from their trenches to discover who they had been singing to all night. After a few tentative moments, while they established that they would not shoot one another, the troops for different countries began sharing their meager Christmas rations. Inevitably, soccer balls began appearing and friendly matches broke out all along the "No Man's Land" Zone between the trench lines.

The home front newspapers were delighted with the "Christmas Truce", but the Generals were beside themselves. How could they expect their troops to engage and kill the enemy after they had spent the day sharing chocolates and knocking a soccer ball about? Such a thing could not be allowed to happen again. Several more Christmases would occur before the Great War came to an end. Many historians would argue that the "War to End all Wars" simply continued until Hitler's forces crossed the border with Poland and open fighting began in another World War.

By the time America was drawn into WWII, the Generals were only too aware that they would not be able to send their troops home for the Holidays, so in the interest of morale, every effort would be made to bring home to the troops. Headquarters' Staffs in every theater of the War whose only concern had been ensuring that the "bullets, beans, and black oil" got to where it was needed now turned their efforts into making sure that every G.I., even those in the snowiest, loneliest foxholes on the front lines, would have a hot turkey dinner.

Jack Benny - Rochester

This led to sporadic turkey shortages on the Home Front, but there were enough empty places at Christmas dinner across the country that no one complained too much. For many youngsters who had grown up in the deprivations of the Great Depression, Santa was merely a happy legend but with the general economic boom brought on by the War, the Jolly Old Elf outdid himself.

This collection takes us on an audio sleigh-ride through what was on the air during the Second World War. Not only do we get carols from the greatest crooners, but we also get plenty of Christmas Cheer from the likes of Bob Hope, Fibber and Molly, Jack Benny, George and Gracie, and plenty of other funny folks. On a more serious note, leaders like FDR and Churchill send us Christmas messages to remind us of the important sacrifices the whole world is making in defense of Democracy.

You'll also hear important historical broadcasts which reflect the unique gravity of the times. Live radio addresses from FDR and Winston Churchill are reminders of the somber threads of war woven through the yuletide tapestry. Hear the poignant Christmas Eve broadcast announcing the tragic disappearance of musician Glenn Miller over the English Channel. These windows into history are a must-not-miss for classic radio fans and World War II buffs alike.

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    nice listening and passing time during corona sut down. love the old radio shows!

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    it's one of the masterful works of WW11 history - and this is from a bona fide WW11 nut. I'm just pointing this out because it deserves whatever promotion you can give it. Again, I suggerst giving it a listen. (I have the cassette set but I'll order your mp3 CDs too. Just so glad it's available in mp3 format.) The Home Front Featuring William B. Williams Featuring William B Williams, The Home Front tells the stories of WWII from the point of view of the families and friends who stayed home.

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    49 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00. Total playtime 22 hours, 32 min
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      49 shows - total playtime 22 hours 32 minutes
      1. Authors Playhouse 411221 Christmas By Injunction.mp3
      2. Bbc Desert Christmas 421226.mp3
      3. Benny 411221 Christmas Tree.mp3
      4. Benny 411228 Jack Talks About Christmas Party He Gave.mp3
      5. Benny 420104 New Years Eve Party At Biltmore Bowl.mp3
      6. Benny 431219 Jack And Mary Go Christmas Shopping.mp3
      7. Benny 431226 Christmas At Jacks House.mp3
      8. Benny 440102 Annual New Years Eve Show.mp3
      9. Bing Crosby Kraft Music Hall 441221 Jinglebells.mp3
      10. Bing Crosby Orsn Welles Philco Hall Fame 441224 White Xmas.mp3
      11. Bob Hope Xmas Show 1968 Long Binh.mp3
      12. Burns And Allen 411216 Mailing A Christmas Package.mp3
      13. Burns And Allen 411223 Wicked Witch Stole Kids Toys.mp3
      14. Charioteers Kraft Music Hall 441221 Slip Lip Sink a Ship.mp3
      15. Churchill Christmas Message 411224.mp3
      16. Columbiaworkshop 421200 Plottooverthrowchristmas.mp3
      17. Command Performance 421224 Christmas Special.mp3
      18. Command Performance 431225 Christmas Special.mp3
      19. Command Performance 441225 Christmas Special.mp3
      20. Dorothy Collins Send Me Your Love For Christmas.mp3
      21. Fdr 411224 Christmas Message Excerpt.mp3
      22. Fdr 431224 Christmas Eve.mp3
      23. Fibber Mcgee 411216 Fibber Cuts His Own Christmas Tree.mp3
      24. Fibber Mcgee 411223 A Gift Of Door Chimes.mp3
      25. Fibber Mcgee 411226 Fibber Cuts Down His Christmas Tree.mp3
      26. Fibber Mcgee 421215 Misplaced Christmas Money.mp3
      27. Fibber Mcgee 421222 Listening To Christmas Carols.mp3
      28. Fibber Mcgee 431221 Looking For A Christmas Tree.mp3
      29. Fibber Mcgee 431228 A Fresh Start For New Year.mp3
      30. Fibber Mcgee Give Bonds For Christmas Ad 411207.mp3
      31. Frank Sinatra 4512 Avemaria.mp3
      32. Frank Sinatra 4512 Little Town of Bethlehem.mp3
      33. Frank Sinatra Gen Reynolds 4512 Vdiscintro.mp3
      34. Glenn Miller First Reported Missing Christmas Eve 1944.mp3
      35. Great Gildersleeve 411221 017 Christmas Gift Fibber Mcgee.mp3
      36. Great Gildersleeve 421220 061 Christmas Program.mp3
      37. Great Gildersleeve 421227 062 Leroys Chemistry Set.mp3
      38. Great Gildersleeve 441224 149 Twas Night Before Christmas.mp3
      39. Great Gildersleeve 441231 150 Big New Years Eve Party.mp3
      40. Kraft Music Hall 441214 Christmas Show.mp3
      41. Kraft Music Hall 441221 Christmas Show.mp3
      42. Lets Pretend 0 421226 House Of World Christmas Special.mp3
      43. Life Of Riley 441217 049 Christmas Present.mp3
      44. Life Of Riley 441224 050 Roswells A Guest For Christmas.mp3
      45. Nick Carter 431225 Christmas Adventure Different Versions.mp3
      46. Nick Carter 431225 Nick Carters Christmas Adventure.mp3
      47. Suspense! 431223 Back For Christmas.mp3
      48. Voice Of Army 433 Christmas Harps Deering Macquarrie.mp3
      49. Whistler 441225 136 Christmas Bonus.mp3
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    49 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00. Total playtime 22 hours, 32 min
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      49 shows - total playtime 22 hours 32 minutes
      1. Authors Playhouse 411221 Christmas By Injunction.mp3
      2. Bbc Desert Christmas 421226.mp3
      3. Benny 411221 Christmas Tree.mp3
      4. Benny 411228 Jack Talks About Christmas Party He Gave.mp3
      5. Benny 420104 New Years Eve Party At Biltmore Bowl.mp3
      6. Benny 431219 Jack And Mary Go Christmas Shopping.mp3
      7. Benny 431226 Christmas At Jacks House.mp3
      8. Benny 440102 Annual New Years Eve Show.mp3
      9. Bing Crosby Kraft Music Hall 441221 Jinglebells.mp3
      10. Bing Crosby Orsn Welles Philco Hall Fame 441224 White Xmas.mp3
      11. Bob Hope Xmas Show 1968 Long Binh.mp3
      12. Burns And Allen 411216 Mailing A Christmas Package.mp3
      13. Burns And Allen 411223 Wicked Witch Stole Kids Toys.mp3
      14. Charioteers Kraft Music Hall 441221 Slip Lip Sink a Ship.mp3
      15. Churchill Christmas Message 411224.mp3
      16. Columbiaworkshop 421200 Plottooverthrowchristmas.mp3
      17. Command Performance 421224 Christmas Special.mp3
      18. Command Performance 431225 Christmas Special.mp3
      19. Command Performance 441225 Christmas Special.mp3
      20. Dorothy Collins Send Me Your Love For Christmas.mp3
      21. Fdr 411224 Christmas Message Excerpt.mp3
      22. Fdr 431224 Christmas Eve.mp3
      23. Fibber Mcgee 411216 Fibber Cuts His Own Christmas Tree.mp3
      24. Fibber Mcgee 411223 A Gift Of Door Chimes.mp3
      25. Fibber Mcgee 411226 Fibber Cuts Down His Christmas Tree.mp3
      26. Fibber Mcgee 421215 Misplaced Christmas Money.mp3
      27. Fibber Mcgee 421222 Listening To Christmas Carols.mp3
      28. Fibber Mcgee 431221 Looking For A Christmas Tree.mp3
      29. Fibber Mcgee 431228 A Fresh Start For New Year.mp3
      30. Fibber Mcgee Give Bonds For Christmas Ad 411207.mp3
      31. Frank Sinatra 4512 Avemaria.mp3
      32. Frank Sinatra 4512 Little Town of Bethlehem.mp3
      33. Frank Sinatra Gen Reynolds 4512 Vdiscintro.mp3
      34. Glenn Miller First Reported Missing Christmas Eve 1944.mp3
      35. Great Gildersleeve 411221 017 Christmas Gift Fibber Mcgee.mp3
      36. Great Gildersleeve 421220 061 Christmas Program.mp3
      37. Great Gildersleeve 421227 062 Leroys Chemistry Set.mp3
      38. Great Gildersleeve 441224 149 Twas Night Before Christmas.mp3
      39. Great Gildersleeve 441231 150 Big New Years Eve Party.mp3
      40. Kraft Music Hall 441214 Christmas Show.mp3
      41. Kraft Music Hall 441221 Christmas Show.mp3
      42. Lets Pretend 0 421226 House Of World Christmas Special.mp3
      43. Life Of Riley 441217 049 Christmas Present.mp3
      44. Life Of Riley 441224 050 Roswells A Guest For Christmas.mp3
      45. Nick Carter 431225 Christmas Adventure Different Versions.mp3
      46. Nick Carter 431225 Nick Carters Christmas Adventure.mp3
      47. Suspense! 431223 Back For Christmas.mp3
      48. Voice Of Army 433 Christmas Harps Deering Macquarrie.mp3
      49. Whistler 441225 136 Christmas Bonus.mp3
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    49 recordings on 18 Audio CDs. Total playtime 17 hours, 19 min
    49 recordings on 18 Audio CDs
    total playtime 17 hours, 19 min

    Christmas At War Disc A001

    1. Dorothy Collins Send Me Your Love For Christmas
    2. Frank Sinatra 4512 Avemaria
    3. Frank Sinatra 4512 Little Town of Bethlehem
    4. Frank Sinatra Gen Reynolds 4512 Vdiscintro
    5. Glenn Miller First Reported Missing Christmas Eve 1944
    6. Voice Of Army 433 Christmas Harps Deering Macquarrie
    7. Fibber Mcgee Give Bonds For Christmas Ad 411207
    8. Burns And Allen 411216 Mailing A Christmas Package

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    Christmas At War Disc A002

    1. Fibber Mcgee 411216 Fibber Cuts His Own Christmas Tree
    2. Authors Playhouse 411221 Christmas By Injunction

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    Christmas At War Disc A003

    1. Benny 411221 Christmas Tree
    2. Great Gildersleeve 411221 017 Christmas Gift Fibber Mcgee

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    Christmas At War Disc A004

    1. Burns And Allen 411223 Wicked Witch Stole Kids Toys
    2. Fibber Mcgee 411223 A Gift Of Door Chimes
    3. Churchill Christmas Message 411224
    4. Fdr 411224 Christmas Message Excerpt

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    Christmas At War Disc A005

    1. Fibber Mcgee 411226 Fibber Cuts Down His Christmas Tree
    2. Benny 411228 Jack Talks About Christmas Party He Gave

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    Christmas At War Disc A006

    1. Benny 420104 New Years Eve Party At Biltmore Bowl
    2. Columbiaworkshop 421200 Plottooverthrowchristmas

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    Christmas At War Disc A007

    1. Fibber Mcgee 421215 Misplaced Christmas Money
    2. Great Gildersleeve 421220 061 Christmas Program

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    Christmas At War Disc A008

    1. Fibber Mcgee 421222 Listening To Christmas Carols

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    Christmas At War Disc A009

    1. Command Performance 421224 Christmas Special
    2. Bbc Desert Christmas 421226

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    Christmas At War Disc A010

    1. Lets Pretend 0 421226 House Of World Christmas Special
    2. Great Gildersleeve 421227 062 Leroys Chemistry Set

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    Christmas At War Disc A011

    1. Benny 431219 Jack And Mary Go Christmas Shopping
    2. Fibber Mcgee 431221 Looking For A Christmas Tree

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    Christmas At War Disc A012

    1. Suspense! 431223 Back For Christmas
    2. Fdr 431224 Christmas Eve

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    Christmas At War Disc A013

    1. Nick Carter 431225 Christmas Adventure Different Versions
    2. Nick Carter 431225 Nick Carters Christmas Adventure

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    Christmas At War Disc A014

    1. Benny 431226 Christmas At Jacks House
    2. Fibber Mcgee 431228 A Fresh Start For New Year

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    Christmas At War Disc A015

    1. Benny 440102 Annual New Years Eve Show
    2. Kraft Music Hall 441214 Christmas Show

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    Christmas At War Disc A016

    1. Life Of Riley 441217 049 Christmas Present
    2. Bing Crosby Kraft Music Hall 441221 Jinglebells
    3. Charioteers Kraft Music Hall 441221 Slip Lip Sink a Ship
    4. Kraft Music Hall 441221 Christmas Show
    5. Bing Crosby Orsn Welles Philco Hall Fame 441224 White Xmas

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    Christmas At War Disc A017

    1. Great Gildersleeve 441224 149 Twas Night Before Christmas
    2. Life Of Riley 441224 050 Roswells A Guest For Christmas

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    Christmas At War Disc A018

    1. Whistler 441225 136 Christmas Bonus
    2. Great Gildersleeve 441231 150 Big New Years Eve Party

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