In 1914 Europe's troops marched off to war expecting to be home by Christmas. When the holiday came and they found themselves stuck in the trenches for the foreseeable future many of them decided to take some time off and to fraternize with the enemy in what became known as the Christmas Truce.
Andrew Hamilton and Alan Reed. Meet at Dawn, Unarmed: Captain Robert Hamilton’s Account of Trench Warfare and the Christmas Truce of 1914 (Dene House Publishing, 2009).
Stanley Weintraub, Silent Night: The Remarkable Christmas Truce of 1914 (Simon & Schuster, 2001).
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