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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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“That Unique and Weird Christmas”

“That Unique and Weird Christmas”

The Christmas Truce during the War

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The Christmas Truce

Terri Blom Crocker

University Press of Kentucky

Contrary to the belief that the truce was known only to the soldiers involved, works published during the remainder of the war, including memoirs, collections of soldiers’ letters, contemporary histories, and treatises on the war, featured the Christmas truce as part of the conflict’s narrative. These works make it clear that the story of the truce was familiar to the British public, and that writers, including those who subscribed to the government line on the war, saw no reason to disparage the event or criticize the soldiers involved. In fact, many works used it to illustrate the lack of personal rancor of the British soldier, who they maintained fought for the justice of the cause rather than out of personal antagonism toward the enemy.

Keywords:   First World War, Christmas truce, Trenches, Fraternization

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