Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun

Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun

Jacob Miller - October 23, 2017

Over 250,000 underage soldiers fought for the British Army during World War 1.

The average age of a US GI in World War II was 26 but this number includes all older high-ranking officers and does not include the number of soldiers who lied about their age to join the war. The real average is significantly lower than 26.

The average age of soldiers in the Korean War is estimated to be between 17 and 24.

The average age of soldiers who died in the Vietnam war is 19.

The average age of soldiers who have died in Iraq is 30.

The average age of soldiers who have died in Afghanistan is 26.

The heroes we have sent to fight and die for our countries have been young, vibrant men and women. They were never automatons. They suffered, they felt fear, they were homesick, they had doubts. They were heroic, they were courageous, they risked their lives for the greater good. They were able to, at times, have fun, laugh, smile, play, and joke around.

Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
A British general is about to kick off a friendly football match between the British and Italian troops on the Italian Front in 1917. Imperial War Museum via Open University
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
A group of US soldiers in Afghanistan playing a Quidditch match. likecool
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
A large group of the 1st Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment join in on a football match, France in 1916. Courtesy Imperial War Museum via Open University
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
A Russian soldier playing an abandoned piano in Chechnya in 1994. demilked
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
American Airforce pilot on a training mission posing for a gag picture while reading the instruction manual of his airplane. xcitefun
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
American combat engineers in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, May 1944 eat their dinner on top of stockpiled crates of ammunition shells. history
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
American paratroopers playing cards during WWII. Tumblr
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
American soldiers having a good time during World War II. Tumblr
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
American soldiers having some fun with their weapons during World War II. Tumblr
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
American soldiers jousting on bicycles during the Iraq War. Tumblr
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
American soldiers relaxing in Italy during World War II. Tumblr
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
American soldiers relaxing with a beer during World War I. Ranker
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
American Soldiers watching Mickey Rooney perform during World War II. Ranker
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
An American soldier uses piles of ammunition shells for furniture as he eats his dinner. England 1944. history
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
An impromptu game of football kicks off between British and Italian troops, as others take some time out to rest on the hills and watch on in 1917. Courtesy Imperial War Museum via Open University
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Brigadier John Rockingham drops the puck for a match between 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (left) and 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Regiment “Vandoos” (right) during the Korean War. Rare Historical Photos
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
British aircraft carrier pilots relax on the deck near Indonesia while waiting for the next strike. December 1944. history
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
British Pilot taking a nap during World War II. Ranker
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
British soldiers playing with a ball in the water at Corfu. Imperial War Museums
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
British soldiers splashing in the water at Corfu. Imperial War Museums
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
British soldiers watching a boxing match during World War II. Ranker
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
British troops in the River Tigris, Baghdad, 1917. Imperial War Museums
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Canadian soldiers going on leave during World War I. ranker
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Canadian soldiers having a beer during World War II. Ranker
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Canadian soldiers playing hockey on a rink they built in Korea, 1952. Rare Historical Photos
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Child soldiers playing a game using bones. Amnesty International
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Enthusiastic splashing in the sea at Etaples, France, 1917. Imperial War Museums
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Final of the 48th Divisional Fanshawe Cup. The 1:7th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment versus 1:7th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Trissino, Italy in 1918. Imperial War Museum
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
French Troops getting haircuts during World War I. Tumblr
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
German soldiers having a beer during World War I. Ranker
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
German soldiers playing cards together next to their trenches ‘garden’ give an insight into the reality of the boredom, as well as the violence, of warfare. Daily Mail
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Hungarian soldiers having a drink during World War II. Ranker
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Marilyn Monroe entertaining American troops in Korea, 1954. Pinterest
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Marines making faces in downtime during the Vietnam War. Tumblr
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
May 1944, American troops relax, play cards, read and write letters while aboard a troop transport ship carrying them to their deployment. history
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Navy jazz band members rehearsing during World War II. Tumblr.
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Nazi soldiers putting odds and ends on a sleeping soldier, World War II. Ranker
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Nazi soldiers staging a bayonet fight during World War II. Tumblr
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Nazi soldiers working on their tans during World War II. Tumblr
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
New Zealand soldiers resting during the Vietnam War. Ranker
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
October 26, 1944. Three American military men in Italy play cards on top of their recon vehicle during a break in the fighting. history
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Patients from a convalescent hospital playing in the sea, France, 1918. Imperial War Museums

Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Piggyback wading (location unspecified). Imperial War Museums
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Romanian soldiers in a pond in the Balkans. Imperial War Museums
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Russian troops staging a performance during World War I. Tumblr
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Sailors singing and playing the piano during World War I. Ranker
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Soldiers in a farm pond near St. Eloi, Flanders, 1917. Imperial War Museums
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Soldiers on leave posing for a photograph with some local women, World War I. Tumbr
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Soldiers playing baseball with a mortar. xcitefun
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Soldiers playing football with the kids of Afghanistan. Pinterest
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Soviet troops watching a circus performance during World War II. Tumblr
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
The football team of the British Third Army Trench Mortar School poses for a picture on the Western Front, Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise, France in 1917. Imperial War Museum via Open University
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
The matches took place “in the sound of the heavy guns of nearby U.S. Army artillery,” just a short distance from the front lines of the struggle against Communist forces, said Korean War veteran, Vince Courtenay. Rare Historical Photos
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Two American soldiers outside an officer’s club during the Vietnam War. Tumblr
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Two German soldiers wrestling in the snow during World War I. Daily Mail
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Union soldiers having a good during the American Civil War. Tumblr
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
US soldiers playing instruments during World War II, December 1944. US Army Signal Corps
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
US soldiers playing street hockey during the Iraq War. Tumblr
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
World War II sailors enjoy a day out while on leave. history
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
World War II sailors from the USS North Carolina gather on deck to watch as the ship arrives in New York City. history
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Young American sailors smile as they pose for a picture. history
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
A team member works hard in the tug-of-war at the Divisional Sports Meeting, held at the Maadi Sporting Club, Egypt, in 1940. teara.govt.nz
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Competitors dive in the final of the 100 yards breaststroke at the Divisional Swimming Championships at Maadi, Egypt, on 29 August 1943. General Bernard Freyberg, a former swimming champion, had ordered that a swimming pool be constructed. teara.govt.nz
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Men of a New Zealand artillery battery play football against opponents from a British artillery battery in Egypt’s Western Desert, around November 1942. teara.govt.nz
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
New Zealand servicewomen compete in a pillow fight in front of an appreciative audience on board the Maunganui in 1946. teara.govt.nz
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
New Zealand soldiers play cricket at their camp in Syria in May 1942. teara.govt.nz
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Soldiers playing chess, WWI. Pinterest
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
The 22nd Battalion rugby team drink from the Freyberg Cup after their victory over the Divisional Ammunition team in the cup final of 8 December 1944. The game was played in the stadium at Forli in northern Italy. teara.govt.nz
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Troops take part in an athletics competition held by the 3rd New Zealand Division in Nouméa, New Caledonia. The 3rd Division was based at Nouméa from 1942 to 1944, with units sailing from there to take part in fighting in the Solomon Islands. teara.govt.nz
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
U.S. Army Sergeant Evan Kirby of A-BTRY 2:377 PFAR Task Force Steel plays golf at FOB Tillman, Afghanistan, November 10, 2009. Buzzfeed
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
U.S. serviceman playing baseball. G.2. baseball game. Kalikunda, India. Kalaikunda, India. Circa December 1945. ww2online
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
U.S. soldiers watching a boxing match in postwar Germany. ww2online
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
US Army soldiers playing the videogame Rock Band. thechive
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
US soldiers playing chess at Fort Shafter, Honolulu, Hawaii in 1945. National WWII Museum
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
A Fairey Swordfish flies low over the aircraft carrier HMS INDOMITABLE to drop a sleeve target. Immediately below, a game of hockey in progress on the flight deck. Wikimedia Commons
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Snowball-armed soldiers and their prizewinning kangaroo snowman at a Convalescent Camp in England, 1917. formerdays
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Australian soldiers having a snowball fight at a camp in southern England, 1916. formerdays
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Nurses and convalescent Australian soldiers have a snowball fight at a hospital in southern England, WWI. formerdays
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Australian soldiers make a snowman in Seoul, Korea, 1950. formerdays
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Soldiers play leapfrog in the snow (and what looks like snowball catch), Belgium, 1919. formerdays
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Men of the Royal Australian Air Force in a snowball fight on an English air base, 1942. formerdays
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Soldiers sledding down a snowy road, Belgium, 1919. Australian War Memorial
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
A snowball fight including an Australian Major-General, Belgium, 1919. Australian War Memorial
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Convalescent soldiers and their snowman of Kaiser Wilhelm II, at a camp in England, 1917. Australian War Memorial
Lighthearted Photographs of Soldiers Having Fun
Another kangaroo snowman, WWI. Australian War Memorial

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