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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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“The Famous Christmas Truce”

“The Famous Christmas Truce”

The First World War and the Christmas Truce, 1960–1969

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The Christmas Truce

Terri Blom Crocker

University Press of Kentucky

In the late 1950s and the 1960s, the orthodox narrative of the First World War began to coalesce around the “futile-and-senseless” view, which had previously been merely one strand in the conflict’s narrative, as the Christmas truce was increasingly cited to underline this now-dominant view of the war. Works about the war that featured the truce from this period include The Great War, the seminal 1964 BBC documentary, the play and film Oh! What a Lovely War, Alan Clark’s The Donkeys, and interviews with veterans who had participated in the truce.

Keywords:   Christmas truce, A. J. P. Taylor, Oh! What a Lovely War, Lions Led by Donkeys, Guns of August

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