Incredible new footage has emerged of US Air Force personnel using their Christmas break to visit a British orphanage and entertain the kids there with songs and games.
The footage released by Media Drum World TV was taken over the winter of 1944 when tens of thousands of Americans were stationed in Great Britain as part of their D-Day service. It depicts the men dressing up in Santa outfits and dancing around a giant Christmas tree with children from the orphanage.
Another part of the video shows various airman dressing up as cowboys to play songs to a group of attentive children. Santa Claus can be seen handing out gifts to the children later on in the film.
On the first day of D-Day, around 73,000 Americans left the safety of British shores to launch a bloody land invasion of France.
Between embarking on military offensives in France and wider Europe, thousands of American soldiers were holed up on the British mainland, with a lot of spare time on their hands. Despite the public opinion in England being that the soldiers were often a rowdy bunch, this footage indicates otherwise.
It is a heartwarming reminder of the goodness of those who serve in our military. In spite of being far from home, thousands of miles away from their families, they chose to spend their Christmas day entertaining little kids from an orphanage! May we take something from their wonderful example of kindness this festive season.
Watch the amazing footage below:
(H/T: Daily Mail)