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Christmas Truce: The Western Front December 1914 (Pan Grand Strategy Series) Paperback – December, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0330390651 ISBN-10: 0330390651 Edition: Revised

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Product Details

  • Series: Pan Grand Strategy Series
  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; Revised edition (December 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330390651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330390651
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is unlikely that this fine book's account of the truce will ever be bettered -- Richard Holmes Times Literary Supplement The authors of this excellent book have captured a moment of humanity in a time of carnage. They splendidly evoke what must be the most extraordinary celebration of Christmas since those notable goings-on in Bethlehem -- Piers Brendon Mail on Sunday An excellent account, placing the truce in its proper context and collecting eyewitness impressions skilfully from both sides -- John Terraine Army Quarterly & Defence Journal Christmas Truce spells out the true story for the first time and it's fascinating -- Godfrey Smith --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Malcolm Brown has been a television documentary-maker and is the author of many books on military history, including Tommy Goes to War, the IWM Book of the Somme, and the IWM Book of 1918. He is a freelance historian at the Imperial War Museum. Shirley Seaton has worked for many years as a television researcher and local historian. She was researcher for Lyn Macdonald's book 1914-1918: Voices and Images of the Great War, and with co-author Reginald Coleman wrote and published Stamford Brook: An Affectionate Portrait. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Chadwick H. Saxelid on December 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
Malcolm Brown and Shirley Seaton cover the events that led to, and followed from, the so-called "Christmas Truce" of 1914. In the early months of the great war, the trench lines had become, more or less, set and the enemy soldiers were close enough to speak to one another. The lengthy stalemate led to increased communication in some areas and, on Christmas Eve, to offers of a truce. In other words, "We won't shoot if you don't." Soon soliders from both sides were mingling, exchanging gifts, taking photos, and helping one another bury the dead. The authors let the soldiers speak for themselves as to what the Truce meant from a contemporary, emotional, and/or political standpoint and this objectivity gives the book added weight. An excellent reminder of the true humanity that is within us all, every one, and excellent Christmastime reading. Recommended.
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29 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Steven Cain on July 3, 2005
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Excellent. I read the lesser, although well-intentioned book by Stanley Weintraub, but this is clearly the best book on the subject of the tragically short Christmas Truce, 1914.

The very fact that the truce even arose, suggests the idea that even World War One was a war orchestrated by the World Banking System. There was no logical reason for the Brits and the Germans, who had fought together (as the Prussians) to defeat Napoleon at Waterloo, to go to war with each other.

The more you read about how much the troops had in common, and how much they resisted resuming combat, the more angry you become at the sheer fraud underlying modern conflict. I seriously question whether there are any 'honest wars', and I am no pacifist. I just hate to think of people's sons and daughters dying so that rich people get get even richer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Racheal Morales on November 5, 2013
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It's a great book. Thank you very much it came in handy for my history's research paper. Thanks again.! :)
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By J Bartlett on February 21, 2014
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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.
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