“Christmas Day, 1914
My dear sister Janet,
It is 2:00 in the morning and most of our men are asleep in their dugouts — yet I could not sleep myself before writing to you of the wonderful events of Christmas Eve. In truth, what happened seems almost like a fairy tale, and if I hadn’t been through it myself, I would scarce believe it. Just imagine: While you and the family sang carols before the fire there in London, I did the same with enemy soldiers here on the battlefields of France!
The Christmas Truce of 1914 is one of the most extraordinary incidents not only of World War I but of all military history. Providing inspiration for songs, books, plays, and movies, it has endured as an archetypal image of peace. Yet much about the historic event remains shrouded in myth and legend.
In this fictional letter — illustrated in authentic detail by Wendy Edelson — award-winning author Aaron Shepard draws from firsthand accounts of soldiers at the front to portray the truce in its true nature and spirit.”
This short book is a fictionalised account of the Christmas Truce held in 1914.
Told from the point of view of a British soldier on the front lines to his sister in the form of a letter, this short story recounts the events of that Christmas in 1914, albeit in a condensed time frame. Whilst it covers a lot of known ground, it also seeks to debunk some myths through the author’s afterword.
In addition to the main text, there are also beautiful illustrations throughout at key points in the story.
A nice book which asks some very interesting questions at the end of the story.
(Review originally posted on Goodreads on 14th December)