Shooting At The Stars

Author: John Hendrix
Editor: Abrams
ISBN: 1613126883
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Shooting at the Stars is the moving story of a young British soldier on the front lines during World War I who experiences an unforgettable Christmas Eve. In a letter home to his mother, he describes how, despite fierce fighting earlier from both sides, Allied and German soldiers ceased firing and came together on the battlefield to celebrate the holiday. They sang carols, exchanged gifts, and even lit Christmas trees. But as the holiday came to a close, they returned to their separate trenches to await orders for the war to begin again.John Hendrix wonderfully brings this story to life, interweaving fact and fiction along with his detailed illustrations and hand-lettered text. His story celebrates the humanity and kindness that can persist even during the darkest periods of our history. Back matter includes a glossary, additional information about World War I and the Christmas Truce and its aftermath, and an archival photograph taken during the Truce. Also available by John Hendrix: Miracle Man Praise for Shooting at the Stars STARRED REVIEWS "Few titles at this level convey the futility of World War I as well as this one does. A first choice." --School Library Journal, starred review "Timed with the centenary of World War I but a lesson for always, Hendrix's tale pulls young readers close and shows the human side of war." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Silent Night

Author: Stanley Weintraub
Editor: Plume
ISBN: 9780452283671
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Describes the spontaneous celebration that occurred in the trenches on Christmas Eve in 1914 during World War I, when participants on both sides briefly put aside their differences to exchange gifts, share food, and enjoy a brief moment of peace.

The Christmas Truce

Author: Terri Blom Crocker
Editor: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813166160
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In late December 1914, German and British soldiers on the western front initiated a series of impromptu, unofficial ceasefires. Enlisted men across No Man's Land abandoned their trenches and crossed enemy lines to sing carols, share food and cigarettes, and even play a little soccer. Collectively known as the Christmas Truce, these fleeting moments of peace occupy a mythical place in remembrances of World War I. Yet new accounts suggest that the heartwarming tale ingrained in the popular imagination bears little resemblance to the truth. In this detailed study, Terri Blom Crocker provides the first comprehensive analysis of both scholarly and popular portrayals of the Christmas Truce from 1914 to present. From books by influential historians to the Oscar-nominated French film Joyeux Noel (2006), this new examination shows how a variety of works have both explored and enshrined this outbreak of peace amid overwhelming violence. The vast majority of these accounts depict the soldiers as acting in defiance of their superiors. Crocker, however, analyzes official accounts as well as private letters that reveal widespread support among officers for the d├ętentes. Furthermore, she finds that truce participants describe the temporary ceasefires not as rebellions by disaffected troops but as acts of humanity and survival by professional soldiers deeply committed to their respective causes. The Christmas Truce studies these ceasefires within the wider war, demonstrating how generations of scholars have promoted interpretations that ignored the nuanced perspectives of the many soldiers who fought. Crocker's groundbreaking, meticulously researched work challenges conventional analyses and sheds new light on the history and popular mythology of the War to End All Wars.

Shooting Ladders

Author: Gary Keeney
Editor: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781453531792
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Shooting Ladders is a book of advice written to a little girl named Tori. She was four years old when the author started writing the fi rst topic, and she was eight years old when he fi nished the last topic. But he didnt write it for the Tori of then or even the Tori of now; instead he wrote it for the Tori of the future, as something to help her make the right decisions in her late childhood/early adult yearsand throughout her life. The book contains the authors opinions on hundreds of various subjectssome of them practical, many of them philosophical; some serious, some whimsical. On a typical subject, the author tells a story from his own personal experiences and then adds a morala lesson for her to learn from the story. Although hes not trying to tell her what to think; he is trying to guide her into making the proper decisions in life. The author hopes that shell carefully weigh all the options and choose the paths that lead her to a good and happy life

The Nations At War August 1914 August 1916

Author: Willis John Abbot
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The Durham University Journal

Author: University of Durham
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Journal Of The Society For Army Historical Research

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The Trench

Author: Richard Van Emden
Editor: Transworld Publishers
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An oral history of life in the trenches of the First World War. This is a companion book to an ambitious new BBC documentary series which aims to recreate the everyday life of soldiers in the First World War. A group of volunteers from the city of Hull will face life in a specially reconstructed trench in northern France under as many conditions as can realistically be recreated from the testimony of surviving veterans and the official Regimental War Diary. This companion book vividly reconstructs the reality of war - what it felt like to see the front line for the first time, how the trenches themselves were constructed, how soldiers passed their leisure hours, where they slept, what they ate. It takes an original new approach to the history of the Great War, bringing home the unimaginable horror by recreating in extraordinary detail the everyday realities of trench life.