Truce

Truce

The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting

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Baker & Taylor
With World War I raging on the battlefields of Europe, an unexpected and miraculous event unfolded one Christmas evening; in defiance of their commanding officers' orders, a truce was declared by soldiers on opposing sides, who stopped fighting to engage in a spontaneous Christmas celebration with their "enemies." By a two-time Newbery Honor-winning author.

Scholastic
Two-time Newbery Honor Book author Jim Murphy writes a stunning nonfiction masterpiece about a Christmas miracle on the Western Front during World War I.


On July 29th 1914, the world’s peace was shattered as the artillery of the Austria-Hungary Empire began shelling the troops of the country to its south. What followed was like a row of falling dominoes as one European country after another rushed into war. Soon most of Europe was fighting in this calamitous war that could have been avoided. This was, of course, the First World War.
But who could have guessed that on December 25 the troops would openly defy their commanding officers by stopping the fighting and having a spontaneous celebration of Christmas with their "enemies"? (cont'd)

On July 29th 1914, the world’s peace was shattered as the artillery of the Austria-Hungary Empire began shelling the troops of the country to its south. What followed was like a row of falling dominoes as one European country after another rushed into war. Soon most of Europe was fighting in this calamitous war that could have been avoided. This was, of course, the First World War.

But who could have guessed that on December 25 the troops would openly defy their commanding officers by stopping the fighting and having a spontaneous celebration of Christmas with their "enemies"? (cont'd)

In what can only be described as a Christmas Miracle, this beautiful and heartrending narrative will remind everyone how brotherhood and love for one another reaches far beyond war and politics.

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Describes how, at Christmas, 1914, during World War I, in defiance of their officers' orders, a truce was declared by soldiers on opposing sides, who stopped fighting to engage in a spontaneous Christmas celebration with their "enemies."
Describes the Christmas truce that occurred along Western Front trenches in 1914 and features quotations from young men on both sides, a timeline, and additional source material.

Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2009
ISBN: 9780545130493
0545130492
Branch Call Number: J 940.4 MURPH
Characteristics: 116 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm

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StratfordLibrary Oct 28, 2010

In the midst of the vicious fighting between German and British soldiers in 1914 – the first year of the World War I, a miraculous event occurred. Known as the “Christmas Truce”, or the “Christmas Truces”, it was a rare time of peace when the gunfire stopped along the Western Front.

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