In the winter of 1914, after long months of marching, soldiers on both fronts began to dig trenches and the war became a battle of attrition in which ordinary men faced each other across the bombed mud of No Man's Land. The enemy lines were often no more than a few yards away, the soldiers of both sides in equal desperation, surrounded by carnage and horror. Out of this hardship came a shared feeling which was demonstrated in the unofficial armistice of Christmas 1914, when German and English soldiers laid down their weapons for a blessed moment of peace, played football and swapped food. In this book. four international experts look at the story of Christmas 1914 and the evidence that fraternization was far more common than previously accepted. Using new research, the book explores these brief moments of humanity on all fronts and throughout the conflict, and shows them to have been not only prevalent but also vital, long ignored, factor in the war. For the French, defending their home territory, fraternization was the last taboo and until now omitted from the record. Meetings in No Man's Land reveals a story of the Great War that has long been forgotten or lost in censored official reports or officer journals, and brings new light to the harrowing experience of the ordinary soldier's life in the trenches.... 2nd Lieutenant Arthur Pelham Burn, 6th Battalion Gordon Highlanders, [The Company of Ten, St Albans]; Lieutenant General Sir Henry Rawlinson, GOC, IVCorps, Diary: Churchill College, ... 2 Good Neighbours: RAcmy Cazals NOTES 1 .
|Title||:||Meetings in No Man's Land|
|Author||:||Marc Ferro, Malcolm Brown, Rémy Cazals, Olaf Mueller|
|Publisher||:||Hachette UK - 2013-11-07|