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The Christmas TruceMyth, Memory, and the First World War$
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Terri Blom Crocker

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813166155

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813166155.001.0001

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“One Day of Peace at the Front”

“One Day of Peace at the Front”

The Christmas Truce and the British Press

(p.89) 5 “One Day of Peace at the Front”
The Christmas Truce

Terri Blom Crocker

University Press of Kentucky

The popular narrative of the truce further maintains that the event was “hushed up” by the military leadership and the government, and that the British public would have been horrified to learn that their soldiers had fraternized with the enemy. An examination of six nationally available newspapers from the end of 1914 through the beginning of 1915, however, shows that many letters from soldiers freely discussing the truce were published during that time. As a result, the British public was fully aware of the event; additionally, no letters or editorials critical of the soldiers who participated or of the truce itself appeared in those papers.

Keywords:   Christmas truce, Newspapers, Trenches, Western Front, Soldiers’ correspondence

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