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That informal truce began with small acts: here opposing Scottish and German troops would toss newspapers, ration tins, and friendly remarks across the lines; there ambulance parties, clearing the dead from the barbwire hell of no man's land, would stop to share cigarettes and handshakes. Soon it spread, so that by Christmas Eve the armies of France, England, and Germany were serenading each other with Christmas carols and sentimental ballads and denouncing the conflict with cries of "Á bas la guerre!" and "Nie wieder Krieg!" The truce was, writes Stanley Weintraub, a remarkable episode, and, though "dismissed in official histories as an aberration of no consequence," it was so compelling that many who observed it wrote in near-disbelief to their families and hometown newspapers to report the extraordinary event.
In the end, writes Weintraub, the truce ended with a few stray bullets that escalated into total war, and that would fill the air for just shy of four more Christmases to come; further, isolated attempts at informal peacemaking would fail. But what, Weintraub wonders at the close of this inspired study, would have happened if the soldiers on both sides had refused to take up arms again? His counterfactual scenarios are intriguing, and well worth pondering. -- Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
My book club is reading the book in December so it is not possible for me to write a review.Published 28 days ago by Marilyn Myers
The "repetitiousness" of this book is what makes it, to me, so moving and powerful. As the author says on page 15, "A single 'Tannenbaum' on a parapet might be an... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ancient Bookworm
I love history and this was a great book to tell about a not-so-well known part of WWI.Published 4 months ago by algleaf
Joyeux Noel. Then there was an opera shown on PBS that was based on the movie (see the closing credits)Published 5 months ago by EKO
I was amazed to see this book arrive in the mail, and to see that it was in like new condition, with its dust cover fully intact, after all it was a used book that I bought. Read morePublished 7 months ago by TWChop@aol.com
This was a nice movie about the Christmas truce in WWI where the two enemies got together and celebrated Christmas--an amazing event and sadly I think the only time it happened. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Carolyn M. Lane
Bought this for my husband because it looked like something he would read. He really enjoyed it and said it was well written.Published 9 months ago by Katie Trask
Very thoroughly researched material. Thoughtfully written. Especially read last chapter (What If--?). Very thought provoking. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jerold David Bastian