Christmas in the Trenches [NOOK Book]

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The outbreak of war in 1914 was greeted with euphoria by many in Europe, and it was widely believed that the conflict would be 'over by Christmas'. In the event, millions of men were destined to spend the first of four seasons away from their families and loved ones. Amid the shortages, tedium and dangers of life in the trenches, those at 'the sharp end' remained determined to celebrate Christmas as a time of comradeship and community, a time when war could be set aside, if only for a day. Unlike the famous ...
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Overview


The outbreak of war in 1914 was greeted with euphoria by many in Europe, and it was widely believed that the conflict would be 'over by Christmas'. In the event, millions of men were destined to spend the first of four seasons away from their families and loved ones. Amid the shortages, tedium and dangers of life in the trenches, those at 'the sharp end' remained determined to celebrate Christmas as a time of comradeship and community, a time when war could be set aside, if only for a day. Unlike the famous Christmas truce of 1914, the Christmas experiences in other years and on other fronts have received scant attention. Alan Wakefield has trawled the archives of teh Imperial War Museum, National Archives and the National Army Museum to provide a fascinating selection of first-hand accounts of the six wartime Christmases of the First World War.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750953214
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 536 KB

Meet the Author

Alan Wakefield is a curator in the photograph archive of the Imperial War Museum, London. Alan’s first book was Under the Devil’s Eye.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     vii
Introduction     ix
The First Christmas: 1914     1
Christmas 1915     36
Christmas 1916     74
Christmas 1917     117
Peace at Last! Christmas 1918     162
Postscript     194
Notes     196
Sources     200
Index     205
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