Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce (Paperback)

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ITEM#: 3032010

Stanley Weintraub is Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University, and the author of numerous histories and biographies, includingSilent Night (available from Plume).

In the early months of World War I, on Christmas Eve, men on both sides of the trenches laid down their arms and joined in a spontaneous celebration. Despite orders to continue shooting, the unofficial truce spread across the front lines. Even the participants found what they were doing incredible: Germans placed candlelit Christmas trees on trench parapets, warring soldiers sang carols, and men on both sides shared food parcels from home. They climbed from the trenches to meet in "No Man's Land" where they buried the dead, exchanged gifts, ate and drank together, and even played soccer.

Throughout his narrative, Stanley Weintraub uses the stories of the men who were there, as well as their letters and diaries, to illuminate the fragile truce and bring to life this extraordinary moment in time.

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ISBN 9780452283671
Genre HISTORY / Military / World War I
Format Paperback
Pages 224
Publisher Date 2002-11-01 00:00:00.0
Publisher Plume
Copyright Year 2001
Height 8.0 in
Wdth 5.0 in
Thickness 0.5 in
Unit weight 0.45 lb
Language English
Subtitle The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce
Edition Detail Reprint
Audience General/trade
Authors Weintraub, Stanley
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