By December, 1914, it had become clear to even the most optimistic observer that the war would not be over by Christmas. That month brought the first enemy-inflicted deaths of the war, when German warships bombarded three northeast coastal towns; meanwhile, the recently invented airplane was being put to deadly use in raids over the southeast. In France that month, the Battle of the Marne gave a taste of the devastating power of modern warfare—a reality to which troops in the trenches on both sides tried to turn a blind eye in the famous Christmas truce. This book uses contemporary newspapers and magazines, diaries, and other records to present a comprehensive image of this extraordinary Christmas, both at home and abroad.
|Publisher:||The History Press|
|Product dimensions:||4.30(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
John Hudson has written or edited more than 30 books and contributed chapters to several more, including Secret Britain and the Book of British Villages for the AA/Readers’ Digest. His book A Year in The Cotswolds was part of that magazine’s "Charm of Britain" series. He has been a reporter and sub-editor for the Guardian, editor of Gloucestershire Life magazine, and a long-time feature writer on the Western Daily Press.