Easter nowadays has little to do with the religious meaning of the holiday. Now it only serves the god of commerce, it is all about large chocolate Easter eggs, self indulgence of food and drink. Don’t get me wrong I do enjoy it but I do find it a pity that the true meaning has nearly disappeared.
During WWII celebrating Easter was a much different affair due to food shortages kids could count themselves lucky if they’d get a carrot on a stick rather then a chocolate egg.
The two men in the photograph at the start of the blog are Technical Sergeant William E. Thomas and Private First Class Joseph Jackson of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion, but at the time of the photograph were part of the 969th Artillery Battalion. Scrawling such messages on artillery shells in World War II was one way in which artillery soldiers could humorously express their dislike of the enemy.
Below are some pictures of how Easter was celebrated on the battlefields.
US soldiers celebrate Easter Mass in Italy on 9 April 1944
WWII Easter Egg from the Royal Air Force
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The National WWII museum