December 25, 2009
If Only America’s Militaristic Leaders Could Behave the Same Way


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Posted by Buck Batard at December 25, 2009 09:21 AM
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Thanks, that's my new favorite Christmas carol.

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on December 25, 2009 10:24 AM

Imagine! This is the first Christmas without George Bush in 8 years. How Grand!

Posted by: Buck on December 26, 2009 7:02 AM

Lovely. A favorite.
Does anyone know if any of the actual participants of that event wrote about it and was published?

Posted by: John Gall on December 26, 2009 7:13 PM

I don't know if any memoirs were published, the news media of the time published a few of the letters in England but the Generals were furious! I suspect that ended quickly, perhaps even some careers were lost over truth telling. Not uncommon.

John McDermott met a number of the survivors while performing in Europe. He says the guys came, shuffled out and then left on a number of occasions as soon as he was done with the song, so one night he stopped them and asked them and they said they had to hear it for themselves as their wives would never believe it.

Here are a couple of links for you. There are numerous survivors letters at the second has some of the letters from the soldiers themselves. Unfortunately the Generals decided they'd stop it so they stepped up the shelling at the front at every Christmas thereafter during the rest of the war.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_truce

http://www.christmastruce.co.uk/

If Peter, our German friend still reads us he may be able to give you some German soldiers stories or possibly even a book written in German about the event. Scour the internet though. There may be a book out there somewhere.

Thanks for visiting and come back often.

Posted by: Buck on December 26, 2009 8:15 PM

Many thanks for the information!

Posted by: John Gall on December 27, 2009 6:36 AM
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