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Wartime Christmas card from Africa
The Slaugham Archive
Wartime Christmas card from Africa

My father’s younger brother, Bob Stoner, sent this wartime Christmas card to Mr and Mrs Archie Quick at the garage in Handcross probably around 1943. The censor’s stamp indicates that he could find no sensitive information which could assist the enemy if it fell into the wrong hands!
Bob was in the Royal Army Service Corps dealing in transport and logistics and, at this time, part of the British North Africa Force. As such he was part of the vast number of units making up the 8th Army operating in the region from Egypt to Tunisia. After the victory at El Alamein many of the army units moved northwards through Sicily and Italy, but the mosque in the picture indicates that Bob was to celebrate Christmas in Africa.
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