Christmas Truce Centenary for 1914...
THIS Christmas will see the centenary of the 1914 truce so I'm hoping there will be many enw additions to the site in the next few weeks. I have now launched a page devoted to centenary events. Feel free to email me details of your events so I can share them with everyone else. My email is email@example.com.
CHRISTMAS TRUCE PLAY
I was delighted to hear from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon that they are performing a play, The Christmas Truce, written by Phil Porter. It looks superb and is suitable for families (recommends children over nine). See other Centenary events..
Call to American readers:
AN American TV company is looking for Americans who are descended from participants in the truce for a forthcoming programme. If you live in America and are a descendant of a truce participant please email David Tereshchuk.
Heath letter now available in German
We are grateful to Mathias Probst for translating the remarkable Pte Heath letter into German. You can read the letter in English here and there is a link at the top of the page to the German translation.
Children to mark truce
The Duke of Cambridge is leading a campaign to get children involved in commemorating the truce. See Guardian newspaper article.
National War Memorial
There are plans to erect a monument to the Christmas Truce at the National Arboretum in England. This will be the first memorial to the truce in the UK. See more details.
Read some of the letters
THE main purpose of this website is to serve as an archive for many of the letters written by soldiers who experienced the truce first-hand. The letters are out of copyright and you may use the material as you wish. Start reading the letters...
MASTHEAD PICTURE courtesy of The Salient Remembrance Detachment.