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Christmas Truce: The Western Front December 1914

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Malcolm Brown and Shirley Seaton have combed war diaries, talked to participants and consulted a wide range of contemporary letters, diaries and newspapers to produce this unique account of the Christmas truce.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Pan Books (UK) (first published 1984)
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Jonathan  McGaha
Nov 14, 2015 Jonathan McGaha rated it it was amazing
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Really interesting, well-researched history of the 1914 Christmas truces along the Western front during the first World War, or the Great War as it was known then, the idea of there being a second such war being totally unthinkable to the people of the time.

This book limits its scope only to its titular topic, with surrounding events given as context. It gives a good survey of letters sent home by the troops on all sides of the various truces up and down the trenchlines and their varied opinions
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Janet
Dec 02, 2011 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Not a new book - it was first published in 1984 - but still a fascinating account of the truce between warring forces along the Western Front at Christmas 1914.

Not just one insignificant event, ceasefires occurred spontaneously at many points along the Front, often instigated by German troops for whom Christmas was a very important celebration. Most of the fraternization took place between German and British troops, less so between French and German, as there was a more difficult underlying his
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Trawets
Dec 15, 2012 Trawets rated it liked it
The Christmas Truce on the Western Front in 1914, is the stuff of myths and legend, Malcolm Brown and Shirley Seaton examine the myths and give a fascinating account of the 1914 truce.
It appears that informal truces were fairly commonplace around Christmas 1914 especially between British and Indian troops and their German opponents. The Germans were almost universally the istigators and took a considerable risk in coming out of their trenches unarmed, many spoke Enlish having worked in England
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Shaun Major
Dec 08, 2014 Shaun Major rated it really liked it
An older telling of this amazing story, and, as well written and researched as it is, it would be wonderful to see it brought up to date with all of the research and discoveries in the thirty years since. That said it is a remarkably well told version of the first christmas of the Great War and you can see the wonder on the faces of the men of 1914.
themadblonde
Feb 16, 2009 themadblonde rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys reading about interesting historical events, &/or war stories, &/or Xmas stories
Well researched (this is an updated third edition of sorts), well written, clearly outlined, good resources, easy to read account of . I've really enjoyed finding out details (well documented) about my favourite historical incident, the 1914 (WWI) Christmas Truce. This is probably the only history book that ever made me cry (w/ anything other than boredom &/or frustration).
Jennifer
May 11, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it
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This is a wonderful story and a fascinating footnote in history, however, it could have easily and more appropriately been told in 100 pages or less. The length of the book (> 200 pages) diluted an otherwise interesting historical event that highlighted the goodness in humanity during a time of darkness and war.
Tim Corke
Jul 22, 2011 Tim Corke rated it did not like it
I started this book expecting to enjoy this detailed description of the Christmas Truce but unfortunately it was bit too detailed for me. Had to leave it 1/4 way through! Possibly the first wartime/military book I've not been able to finish. Perhaps another day,
Richard
Apr 30, 2012 Richard rated it it was amazing
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Truly startling accounts revealing humanity on a scale, the likes of which, are unlikely to be ever witnessed again
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