The Truce: The Day the War Stopped

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The Christmas Truce is regarded as a satisfying and hopeful event in a war that is often regarded as unnecessary, bitter, hopeless and futile. Many accounts have taken a warm, poignant view on the event; to the extent it has gained totemic significance in the minds of the general public. Inspired by the centenary, and in the light of documentary evidence unavailable when previous accounts have been published, Chris Baker examines the events leading up to truce.

In December 1914, some of the most flawed and costly attacks made by the British during the war occurred, including failed attacks at Messines, Ploegsteert and elsewhere on 18/19 December. The truce in part came about as a necessity to bury the large numbers of the dead from these attacks.

What did regulations say about fraternization? What was happening behind the lines? Why was there a truce in some places but not others? Including a complete list of the British dead and those British and German units that are known to have taken part in the truce, along with a guided tour of the fields today, Bloody December 1914 reveals the untold story of one of the most well-known and romanticized events of the First World War.

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Collectors can find splendid historical context for recent toy figure releases by W. Britain and King and Company by reading THE TRUCE...draws from previously unavailable documentary evidence to examine events leading up to the truce...photos and a very handy map section illustrate this illuminating book about one of WWI's most romanticized events."
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an excellent job of separating fact from fiction, setting at least the “British” version of the events of Christmas 1914 into context, while dispelling some of the myths that have come to cling to the occasion...uses many first hand accounts in explaining the motivation of the troops and the problems the truce caused for the higher ups. The Truce is an excellent read for historian or layman alike with an interest in the Great War and its lore.
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Chris Baker is a well-known name among those with an interest in the Great War. He is a former Chairman of the Western Front Association, author of the website The Long, Long Trail and founder of the Great War Forum. Chris is a Member and Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Birmingham's Centre for First World War Studies, and was awarded an MA in British First World War Studies in 2007. A chartered engineer by profession, Chris now works as a freelance military historian through his research business, fourteen eighteen. He is the author of The Battle for Flanders (Pen & Sword, 2011). He lives in Leicester."

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