History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

19 March, 2012

Wartime Sports

Whether organized or impromptu, for training or for fun, sports have never stopped just because there's a war on.

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Recovering soldiers play basketball with WAAC troops at a hospital in France, WWI. Source

© IWM (Q 32533)

Officers play badminton in a Greek village, WW2. Source

© IWM (B 8327)

Brits play cricket in France, 1944. Source

© IWM (A 7605)

Officers of the HMS Kent play hockey, WW2. Source

© IWM (A 27107)

Submarine base officers skate on an icy tennis court, WW2. Source

© IWM (A 25533)

Fencing on the HMS Pretoria Castle, WW2. Source

© IWM (D 2194)

Dutch troops play leapfrog in England, 1941. Source

© IWM (Q 1108)

English soldiers play football in France, 1916. Source

© IWM (D 2192)

Dutch soldiers play football in England, 1941. Source

© IWM (Q 24793)

Sikh troops play tug of war in Mesopotamia, WWI. Source

© IWM (BF 10081)

British soldiers play football in Korea, 1950-53. Source

© IWM (TR 90)

RAF men leap over a tennis court during a break in training in Florida, 1941. Source

© IWM (A 30982)

Men play deck tennis on the HMS Indomitable, 1945. Source

© IWM (CH 4355)

Men of the Royal Australian Air Force play rugby in Wales, WW2. Source

© IWM (TR 822)

South African pilots play volleyball in Tunisia, 1943. Source

© IWM (NA 20484)

Gunners play cricket on a break in Italy, WW2. Source

© IWM (Q 31576)

British troops play football in Greece, WWI. Source

© IWM (NA 11632)

British gunners play football in Italy, WW2. Source

© IWM (A 10346)

A biplane flies over men playing hockey on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, WW2. Source

© IWM (F 2546)

British troops play football in the snow, France, 1939. Source

© IWM (A 11524)

A nurse plays cricket with convalescent patients at Cholmondeley Castle, being used as a Royal Navy psychiatric hospital, 1942. Source

© IWM (BU 8103)

Sports gear is unloaded for the occupying troops in Germany, 1945-49. Source

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