Up to 100,000 soldiers took part in Christmas truces up and down a frontline that stretched four hundred miles through eastern France and from the Belgian coast in the north to the Swiss border in the south.
These troops fought each other for months until an uneasy stalemate found both sides stuck in the trenches for Christmas with no hope of seeing their loved ones in the foreseeable future. Without preaching or teaching, Christmas in the Trenches questions why and how sworn enemies can share anything, but it also questions why these men ever became enemies in the first place.
Henri Sorensen’s illustrations tell of the cold, harshness of WW1, but also the warmth of these extraordinary hours of truce.
This timeless treasure will be shared many times over—and not just at Christmas.
Title: Christmas in the Trenches
Author: John McCutcheon
Illustrator: Henri Sørensen
Publisher: Peach Tree Publishers, $15.80 RRP
Publication Date: 2010
Format: Hard Cover
For ages: 3 +
Type: Picture Book