Tangled up with barbed wire On the astern side of the front was the German trench on the western side were the Allied troops from Britain France and Belgium 475 miles means that not Melody on Loan everyone could havexperienced the truce in the same way leaving it wide open to the imaginationWhat a great bookThis book is recommended for readers age 8This book was purchased for my personal library Reading a nonfiction book when you re already familiar with much of the content can sometimes grate I found the manner in which Murphy presented the subject to be ngaging and informative Although there were some points where I felt facts were simplified in ways that left out an important nuance of the vents in general the author presents a balanced depiction of the pressures and prejudices working against Europe at the time The facts are not dumbed down but some are slightly simplified for young readers Although by necessity for a writer working in English many of his original sources are British soldiers he is careful to also include the words of French and German soldiers in both his xplanations of the arly days of fighting and the actual Empire of the Saviours (Chronicles of a Cosmic Warlord, events on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day He does not fall into the trap that some American writers do of portraying the English as heroes while neglecting the German point of viewBy providing this balanced description of the subject Murphy furthers central idea of the text Hemphasizes the fact that neither side was right in the conflict and that soldiers on both sides were the victims of not one another but the ambition narrow thinking and misunderstanding of the impacts of modern warfare of their leadersMurphy s use of photographs and Ex On The Beach eyewitness accountsnables the reader to see the war not is something that happened a long time ago but something that impacted real individuals like themselves I found myself wondering about the young man whose names appeared in the text I wondered what happened to them If they survive the war Making that kind of an motional connection helped the facts of the book stay with me There is inherent drama in the horrors of trench warfare and Murphy captures it without being gruesome The story of the Christmas truce on the Western Front continues than one hundred years later to be captivating The fact that these truces came about independent of one another up and down the Western Front without and in fact in spite of orders from above make them all the remarkable If your history classes in school were anything like mine then this is how a typical year would go Lots of Revolutionary War lots of Civil War oh no it s almost the nd of the year so let s just skip to WWII and finally a brief smattering of Vietnam WWI got the short nd of the stick year after year after year when I was growing up In fact by the time I graduated from high school I associated only a couple vague images with it mustard gas red poppies and All uiet On The Western Front Now mine was a particularly silly ducation but I worry about kids today Surely I m not the only person who went through this So what do you hand a ten year old who wants a really good book on WWI and also wants it to Baccarat : La lgende du cristal explain how it happened There are full fledged adults operating in the world right now that haven t a clue about who or what Franz Ferdinand was aside from a contemporary band I guess what I love so much about Jim Murphy s Truce is that it not only talks about the famous and spontaneous truce between two opposing sides that happened around Christmas Day in 1914 but the author also takes the time to put the whole war into context without wasting so much as a word This can only be described as senselessness synthesizedIt was considered a bit of a Christmas miracle at the time A sprawling war two sides taught to hate one another and then peace Apropos of nothing troops put down their weapons and met in No Man s Land toxchange gifts sing songs and play games But how did it happen To understand that is to understand WWI within context Its causes key players and ultimately how it O Colégio de Todos os Segredos ended Jim Murphy historianxtraordinaire breaks it down for the kids and delivers a painful but ultimately strangely hopeful March Violets (Bernie Gunther, encapsulation of a moment in time that was admirable in its unlikelihood A Time Line Notes and Sources additional bibliography and index are includedIf WWII is the good war then WWI s the one we like to try to surreptitiously slip behind our backs It doesn t have any of the iconography of its successor nor the sheer black and white of the good andvil of the time Maybe that s why there aren t that many children s books about it Truce works as well as it does because it not only clarifies the confusing details Franz Josef knowing full well that *the Serbs weren t behind the assassination of Franz Ferdinand for *Serbs weren t behind the assassination of Franz Ferdinand for but also because he s created a narrative for the war It was dumb as all get out Not a reason in the world to justify it really and the sheer amount of blood spilt is Zoete tranen enough to turn your head Truce is history plus interest for the middle grade non fiction reader not yet ready for three hundred page tomesEven the chapter headings are interesting They have great titles like Those Stupid Kings and Emperors and Things Were Beginning to Look Unpleasant which often than not come from direct uotes of the time Murphy also gives a human face to the drama I like to think that he also does a great job of showing how similar the two sides were particularly when it comes to their commanding officers When the truce broke out commanders on both sides were livid The English would avoid similar Christmas truces in the future with continual artillery barrages Corporal Adolf Hitler said of it Such a thing should never happen in wartime Have you no German sense of honor left at all I think that part of the reason Truce stands out amongst its fellows is that it shows both sides continually The photographs are taken by both sides The uotations and memories too And weven see how nasty propaganda demonizing the nemy was used by opposing countries prior to the war to get the populace involvedThe natural fictional pairing with this book is Michael Foreman s War Game Village Green to No Man s Land A less immediate association but no less apt is Scott Westerfeld s Leviathan Though ostensibly a kind of Steampunk novel Westerfeld s book would be a great read after Truce once kids understand the characters and want to hear about them in a fictional setting Plus now that they have the rudimentary causes of the war under their belts they ll be able to better understand historical fiction novels about that time periodThe fact of the matter is it was a stupid war that killed a lot of PEOPLE MURPHY EVEN GOES SO FAR AS TO SHOW Murphy ven goes so far as to show it helped sow the seeds that led to WWII That makes it all the crazier that it was started by just a few guys and could have been cut off if personalities had been different or if they d listened to their Revived enlisted men and stopped it after that first Christmas Truce when you get right down to it is a sad story One of the most touching moments in the book is when you read the words of a British private who greeted a German in No Man s Land The first man I came to was an old man and when we shook hands I thought he was not going to let my hand go The tears came rolling down his cheeks and I felt sorry for him as he was so old and wanted to go home He could have As Major Murdoch McKenzie Wood would later say it was only the fact that we were being controlled by others that made it necessary for us to start trying to shoot one another again A great introduction to WWI and undeniably the best book for kids on the subject I vever seen And it ll break your heart in the bargainAges 8 12. 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 Student Research Projects in Calculus enemi. Truce The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting by Jim Murphy is a non fiction book about the Christmas Truce of 1914 during World War One Jim Murphy starts the book by writing about how the war started and showing how the whole conflict could ve been avoided The anger that lead to the war started when an Austrian Hungarian Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand when assassinated by a Serbian National Now this wasspecially bad because he was the heir to the throne and the Austrian Hungarians already hated the Serbians However the Emperor of Austria Hungry Franz Josef disliked the Arch Duke and was pleased with the assassination but his advisors were outraged so they convinced the mperor to send an unreasonable list of demands to the Serbians in order to avoid war but before they did this they mobilized there army and made an alliance with Germany The Serbians agreed to all of the demands xcept for one that was fairly on important to the Austrian Hungarians However when Franz Josef heard they denied the demands he sent the order to strike when he received the Love for Imperfect Things exact details he regretted the choice but it was too late World War One had started Christmas arrived that year and by that many soldiers on both sides didn t see the point to the war They were tired of fighting and wanted desperately to go home So on Christmas of 1914 both sides had a cease fire to celebrate Christmas with one another It was a celebration unimaginable Armies who yesterday were killingach other were now A Heart of Stone exchanging gifts The truce didn t last long because the next day when high ranking officers heard of the phenomena they were outraged and demanded the resuming of fighting Jim Murphy writes in Truce What would happen if both sides just laid down their weapons The Christmas Truce answers that uestion I would recommend this book to my friends because it provides many perspectives on World War One and provides historical information in an interesting and organized way Me Franz Josef do you feel that World War One was necessaryFranz Josef That is an interesting uestion I feel that the conflict could have been avoided if my advisors would have been reluctant to attack the SerbsMe How do you feel about the Christmas Truce of 1914Franz Josef It is outrageous the solders never should have disobeyed their officer s ordersMe What was the point of World War OneFranz Josef To prove to the Serbians and the rest of the world the might of Austria Hungry This is a Non Fiction book about the 1914 Christmas Truce in World War One This book was wrote by Jim Murphy in 2009 There are many surprising and interesting facts that are in the book Some are funny and some are sad but they are facts The First World War is a great topic to read and learn about The title of the book hints at what the book will mainly be about The author gave great and clear details about specific things such as what they wore and what they did down the fronts Here is a short summary On June 28th 1914 Europe was shocked the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austro Hungarian Empire was murdered in Sarajevo Bosnia Later on July 29th 1914 European peace was shattered as the artillery of the Austro Hungarian 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 a majority of Europe was fighting in this deadly war that could have been avoided This was of course the First World War But who could have guessed that on December 25 1914 the troops would openly defy their commanding officers by stopping the fighting and having a spontaneous celebration of Christmas with theirnemies While this book is in the Juvenile section of the library I have to say it s the best book on WWI or any war that I ve Taking Instruction (Taboo, ever read The causes and conseuences of WWI are so much clearer to me I could probablyven carry on a lengthy discussion about it I have read textbook chapters about WWI both in high school
and college and once I started this text I felt like I didn t know a college and once I started this text I felt like I didn t know a about it So I do recommend this to adults who love history but don t necessarily love reading adult nonfiction books about history As for the targeted audience this book will be just right for someone who is at a solid middle school reading level The vocabulary is 7 9th grade according to Oxford Sadlier and it is Language and Linguistics extremely well written and totally fascinating The reader learns how the public was misled to support the war how the leaders blundered here and there how the war defiedxpectations and how it led to trench warfare what the Western Front was actually like and how the miraculous Christmas truce came about and how it was forcefully Divertimento ended The authorven provides commentary in the Epilogue on how there are similar issues with the Ira war Definitely the author is anti war but very interested in it and he succeeded in ducating me without boring me war is my least favorite historical topic Well I recommend it I know I m too liberal with my 5 star ratings but boy have I been reading some good stuff lately This was unintentionally the perfect nonfiction follow up Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld Westerfeld s book though it was an alternate history still taught me what set off World War I than I remember learning in school and Murphy s book fleshes out the reality magnificently with maps photos drawings first person uotes a timeline notes sources additional resources and index And the main point The war really didn t have to happen at all Misunderstandings arrogance and stubbornness were the culprits than anything lse Extremely readable and Promise at Dawn educational highly recommended for both history and Christmas buffs Yes I cried over this one too Also on this topic War Game by Michael Foreman Christmas in the Trenches by John McCutcheon and the 2006 movie Joyeux Noel Icame to the conclusion that I have held firmlyver since that if we had been left to ourselves there would have never been another shot fired For a fortnight that truce went on We were on the most friendly terms and it was only the fact that we were being controlled by others that make it necessary for us to start trying to shoot one another again Major Murdoch McKenzie Wood Truce by Jim Murphy is a non fiction book that was published in 2009 This book is about World War I and how the truce actually started It is a short book and not very interesting until the nd of the book when the truce actually started The soldiers from Germany and United Kingdom are the main characters in the book The main conflict of the book is the war because the truce would have never happened if the war never happened The main plot line is when the truce started as it was going on and when the soldiers were wanting the war to nd In the book Truce The soldiers were singing to Bangkok Wakes to Rain each other from opposite sides of the trench on Christmas The soldiers wanted the war tond The setting of the book is in Ypres Belgium in 1914 I recommend this to fifth through The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery eighth grade because there are a lot of pictures and isasy to read Truce isn t primarily a book about World War I As is often the case in Jim Murphy s books Truce Darkmere explains thessential facts that led to the war but then zeroes in on one unusual section of the war that was strikingly memorable and makes it the focus of the book In this that was strikingly memorable and makes it the focus of the book In this the unusual occurrence is the almost unexplainably widespread truce between the British and German soldiers which took place in the battle zone of the Western Front on Christmas Eve and Day of 1914 I knew a fair amount about World War I before reading this book but reacuainting myself with the facts of how it started Et si la maladie n'tait pas un hasard ? euipped me with a lot of new information To think that a warnding wit. Two time Newbery Honor Book author Jim Murphy writes a stunning nonfiction masterpiece about a Christmas miracle on the Western Front during World War IOn July 29th 1914 the world's peace was shattered as the artillery of the Austria Hungary. H the worldwide deaths of Den of Shadows (Gamblers Den eight million soldiers and twenty one million suffering ghastly wounds was based on a lack of information on the part of Austro Hungarian leader Franz Josef is nearly beyond comprehension Is it possible that The War to End All Wars Twas Christmas in the trenches where the frost so bitter hungThe frozen fields of France were still no Christmas song was sungOur families back in England were toasting us that dayTheir brave and glorious lads so far awayThe Western Front 1914Here two parallel trenches one held by the Germans the other by the French English and Belgians from fifty to one thousand yards apart stretched from the North Sea coast all the way to the Swiss border a total of over 475 miles In between was a ravaged wasteland crisscrossed by tangles of razor sharp barbed wire and appropriately nicknamed No Man s LandIt was an unusually warm and wet November with rain pouring incessantly from above Conditions for those in the trenches were abysmal Rats lice and fleas made their lives miserable while great clouds of black flies nipped at their faces and got into their nostrils and foodThe war dragged along into December with both sides making numerous raids and both sides taking heavy losses Already than one million soldiers had been killed with many wounded Worse still there was nond to the war in sight As Valentine Fleming remarked at the time It s going to be a long war in spite of the fact that on both sides Scraps Of The Untainted Sky every single man in it wants it stopped at onceThe men were ready for a respite and Christmas celebrations seemed to be the answer Packages from home contained goodies for sharing with comrades familiar seasonal songs and hymns were sung and somehow in many places along the Western Front a ceasefire was agreed upon One man reported that just ten minutes after the temporary peace was declared the ground between the two lines of trenches was swarming with men and officers of both sides shaking hands and wishingach other a happy ChristmasBritish and German soldiers meet in No Man s Land There s someone coming toward us the front line sentry criedAll sights were fixed on one long figure trudging from their sideHis truce flag like a Christmas star shown on that plain so brightAs he bravely strode unarmed into the nightSoon one by one on The Eric Carle Gift Set either side walked into No Man s LandWith neither gun nor bayonet we met there hand to handWe shared some secret brandy and we wishedach other wellAnd in a flare lit soccer game we gave Huguenot Prophecy and Clandestine Worship in the Eighteenth Century em hellWe traded chocolates cigarettes and photographs from homeThese sons and fathers far away from families of their ownYoung Sanders played his sueezebox and they had a violinThis curious and unlikely band of menNotveryone was behind the idea of a Christmas truce Officers issued orders and threatened court martial for those caught fraternizing with the Fashion Design Course enemy One young German corporal by the name of Adolph Hitler refused to take part saying Such a thing should never happen in wartime Have you no German sense of honor at all But for those that did participate there was a realization on both sides that something trulyxtraordinary had taken place A German soldier wrote home that it was a Christmas celebration in keeping with the command Peace on Aeralis (The Frost Chronicles, earth and a memory which will stay with us always His view waschoed by a British soldier This Alternatives Chapter 2 (The Chronos Files; The Shattered Saga experience has been the most practical demonstration I have seen of Peace onarth and goodwill towards men Soon daylight stole upon us and France was France once With sad farewells we Cincinnati and Other Plays each prepared to settle back to warBut the uestion hauntedvery heart that lived that wonderous nightWhose family have I fixed within my sightsThough aimed at middle grade readers Murphy s book provides uite a detailed look at the causes and conseuences of the war Detailed maps are included and many many photographs most of which I d never seen before A word of caution for younger readers some of the pictures feature dead soldiers and horsesAfter word of the truce reached England the Herald newspaper s Speak Out! editor rejoiced that peace could win outven if only for a few days It is I Like You the Best especially saddening theditorial lamented that such soldiers are not in charge of the
affairs of uropeof Europe of the diplomats and potentates If they were we would have a natural and human Europe My name is Francis Tolliver in Liverpool I dwellEach Christmas come since World War I I ve learned its lessons wellThat the ones who call the shots won t be among the dead and lameAnd on ach The Philosophy of Giambattista Vico end of the rifle we re the same from Christmas in the Trenchesby John McCutcheonhttpswwwyoutubecomwatchvsJi41 Truce is a wonderful book that not only tells the story of the unofficial Christmas Truce of 1914 during World War I but also gives a coherent thorough history of thevents leading up to the hostilities and just what those terrible first months of war was like in the trenches The fact is that most of us don t really remember World War I from our high school history days And I know I never learned that World War I could have and almost was prevented So I can honestly say that I relearned a lot reading Truce Jim Murphy has a real gift for Lone Star Standoff explaining history in his well researched totally accessible book about how thenemy soldiers stopped fighting in the middle of a war and celebrated Christmas together And as he points out the truce wasn t uite as spontaneous as we have been led to believe Murphy Punishment Of The Cheating Wife explains that there are two sides to trench warfare the fighting side and the boring side The fighting side was basically barbaric with soldiers charging across a No Man s Land towards thenemy and the nemy mowing them down with all kinds of artillery including machine guns The boring side was waiting in the trenches next charge or counter charge But although carnage was taking place on the battlefield were stories about victory causing nlistment offices to be packed with men want to Decision enlistThe fighting was horrible as were the conditions in the trenches The soldiers were plagued not only by bullets and grenades but also by nonmiliitary dangers like swarms of hungry rats lice and fleas in their clothing bedding and food And sometimes these can be just a badBut sometimes Murphy writes when it was uite the soldiers of one side could hear the soldiers on the other side talking singing playing music Then they began to contactach other from across No Man s Land The View from Alameda Island exchanging greetings remarksven foodAnd so when Christmas came and the men received cards and parcels from home on both sides of No Man s Land they were feeling mellow and friendly The rest is historyWhile the main focus of Truce is on the When Fox Is a Thousand events leading up to war and the truce of Christmas 1914 Murphy also includes a brief history of the rest of the war and the subseuent conditions Germany was subjected to when they surrendered Murphy has written a nicely detailed well rounded history just graphicnough for the intended middle grade reader It will hold their interest without turning them off Truce is very well documented and includes maps photographs a timeline notes and sources in other words all those things that make an informational text really creditable and user friendly I particularly liked the list of books poetry movies and websites where the reader can go to learn about World War I One of the things I have always wondered about was why the unofficial Christmas Truce of 1914 during World War II has become the subject for lots of fiction Well I found my answer in this well researched well written book The Western Front was a lot longer than I had ver imagined two parallel trenches ran 475 miles from the North Sea to the Swiss border separated by a No Man s Land. 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.