Christmas at Wartime

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  1. Salty

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    I know this should be posted at Christmas time, but I dont want to forget about it.

    From HISTORY NEWS NETWORK
     
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    That was wonderful, Salty. Thanks for sharing it.
     
  3. shodan

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    Christmas Truce

    I had not read that before but I did quote Anderson from an interview not long before his death in my book on the Christmas truce:

    ...This was the world of the soldier during those months
    in 1914 leading up to Christmas.
    They endured rain and mud for weeks, living in the
    presence of never-ending death. Rats and lice and
    gangrene accompanied them in their trenches. Cannon
    bursts, incessant shooting, and night flares made
    sleep fleeting. Alfred Anderson, a soldier of eighteen
    at that time, remembered it a year before his death
    at the age of 109. “All I'd heard for two months in the
    trenches was the hissing, cracking and whining of
    bullets in flight, machine gun fire and distant German
    voices,”...
     
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    There is a film called "Joyeuse Noel" about the event. It is French so there are subtitles but it is a bittersweet film at best.
     
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    Joyeux Noel

    Yes! that is a wonderful movie. My son and I watched it a year ago last Christmas when we were snowed in for three days.

    MUCH of the movie is in English as British troops are a major part of the movie.

    Here is the officail trailer:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GOAaSgpHjw

    There are many clips on Youtube; This one has had 0.4 million hits:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJqK5Hd61sk

    The music is exquisite
     

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