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Description - Christmas in the Trenches by Alan Wakefield

The outbreak of war in 1914 was greeted with euphoria by many in Europe, and it was widely believed that the conflict would be 'over by Christmas'. In the event, millions of men were destined to spend the first of four seasons away from their families and loved ones. Amid the shortages, tedium and dangers of life in the trenches, those at 'the sharp end' remained determined to celebrate Christmas as a time of comradeship and community, a time when war could be set aside, if only for a day. Unlike the famous Christmas truce of 1914, the Christmas experiences in other years of the war and on other fronts have received scant attention. Alan Wakefi eld has trawled the archives of the Imperial War Museum, National Archives and National Army Museum to provide a fascinating selection of first-hand accounts of the six wartime Christmases of the First World War. - See more at: http://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/index.php/christmas-in-the-trenches-24336.html#sthash.kCIZcl6B.dpuf

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750941686
ISBN-10: 0750941685
Format: Hardback
(244mm x 172mm x 10mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: The History Press Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 19-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Alan Wakefield

ALAN WAKEFIELD is a curator in the Photograph Archive of the Imperial War Museum. He is a member of the British Commission for Military History, the Society for Army Historical Research, the Western Front Association and the Gallipoli Association. Alan's first book for Sutton, with Simon Moody, was Under the Devil's Eye (October 2004).