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The Christmas Truce: Myth, Memory, and the First World War

Terri Blom Crocker

Abstract

The 1914 Christmas truce, when enemy soldiers met, fraternized, and even played football in No Man’s Land during the first year of the First World War, is commonly perceived as a manifestation of the anger that soldiers felt toward the meaningless war that they had been tricked into fighting. Contemporaneous sources, however, show that the truce was not an act of defiance; rather, it arose from the professionalism of the soldiers involved, the conditions of static trench warfare, foul weather on the Western Front, the absence of major battles, and memories of traditional celebrations of Christ ... More

Keywords: Christmas truce, First World War, Memory studies, Trenches, Western Front, Fraternization, Conventional narrative, Soldiers’ correspondence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780813166155
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813166155.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Terri Blom Crocker, author