Christmas in the Trenches

Un libro in lingua di John McCutcheon Sorensen Henri (ILT) edito da Peachtree Pub Ltd, 2006

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It is Christmas Day and in a comfortable chair by a fire, Thomas Tolliver shares with his young grandchildren the story of his Christmas in the trenches: It is cold and clear on Christmas Eve night in 1914. Thomas and his fellow British soldiers are holed up in muddy trenches along the Western Front. Just across a field known as “No Man's Land” their enemies, German soldiers, lie in wait.Suddenly a strange sound pierces the darkness. Someone is singing a Christmas carol in German. Other German voices join in. When the song ends, Thomas and the other British soldiers sing “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” Soon carols are sung back and forth across No Man's Land. Then a figure emerges in the dark, carrying a small Christmas tree with lighted candles. Slowly the British and German soldiers leave their trenches, and the war, behind to stand together in the open field.

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