This narrative takes topographic point in the early portion of World War I in December 1914, chiefly between the states of Germany, France, Britain, and Russia. In this book Weintraub Tells of the armistice that the soldiers of opposing states would digest on Christmas Eve and Day. The book starts off with talk of a armistice between the Germans and the British, and they finally agree that on Christmas Eve and Christmas twenty-four hours there will be no combat. Throughout the ranks and companies there are many other cases and narratives of this go oning. During this intermission in awful war and decease, generals and soldiers would travel out into “ No Man ‘s Land ” and “ fraternise ” with the enemy by interchanging baccy, java, beer, newspapers, and most of all Christmas carols. Soldiers from opposing sides would sing out Christmas carols with passion, such as “ Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht ” ( Silent Night, Holy Night ) and cheer for each other with much joy. Along with this they would hold monolithic “ Football ” ( association football ) lucifers and assist bury each other ‘s dead. Even though most soldiers ne’er wanted this armistice to stop, their caput generals and officers forbid fraternisation towards the terminal of Christmas. Right after Christmas ended so did the armistice and the soldiers went right back to combat, with more blood and casualties so of all time. This would go on until 1918 when World War I would reason. After completing his narrative of the Christmas Truce Stanley Weintraub concludes this narrative by oppugning “ What if the Christmas Truce ” was successful and did stop the war. He goes on to speak about what he thinks would ‘ve happened such as “ adult females… being deprived of the chance to replace work forces in the work force. “ ( 168, Weintraub ) , along with many more confederacies. In reading this book he does a great occupation of showing the occurrences of the Christmas Truce.
Stanley Weintraub ‘s Silent Night is a historical narration that grabbed my attending good, through the different beginnings he uses from existent soldiers during the war. These beginnings are from newspapers, diaries, letters, journals, war records, and books, most of which written by soldiers. For illustration in chapter 4 Weintraub puts in a quotation mark from Lieutenant Albert Winn of the Royal Field Artillery stating that “ We ( British, Gallic and Germans ) played football in No Man ‘s Land and by midnight, the shells opened up and we were at it once more. “ ( 104, Weintraub ) This was an existent piece written from this lieutenant in the war. In reading and analysing this book I could non happen a prejudice against any group of people or event. With that, from the last chapter and the remainder of the book, I got a good appreciation on his grounds for composing this book. One ground I believe is to emphasize the fact that “ human feelings continue to travel on even, when work forces do non cognize anything but killing and slaying. “ ( 144, Weintraub ) As Corporal Josef Wenzl put it, during his experiences in the Christmas armistice. Another major ground why I believe he wrote this book is to demo how large of an event this was and without it many things would be different. Even though this was without a uncertainty a large trade, he believes much more would ‘ve happened without it, such as “ the refugee scientists so much a portion of American discoveries in natural philosophies and chemical science might hold remained fruitfully at place in Central Europe. “ ( 166, Weintraub ) Which is a stretch and I do non hold with this because I think even if Europe were to profit from a armistice in World War I scientists would ‘ve still come to the U.S.A in hunt of a better environment for their surveies. Even with this, in this book I believe the pros outweigh the cons, and in my sentiment was an gratifying book.
Prior to reading this book I did non cognize much about World War I and I had ne’er heard of the Christmas armistice. When coating, I had a better appreciation on the beginnings of World War I and I understood the Christmas Truce absolutely. For illustration one specific thing I gained approximately World War I was that there were many more states involved than I thought at that place was. More specifically Russia, France, Britain, UK, USA, Australia, and Canada were all engaged in conflict. Similar to Corporal Josef Wenzl, I learned more deeply that even in war when people are killing each other, the best traits and natural feelings still show in a individual. This was proved through every facet of the Christmas armistice, in how for one dark and one twenty-four hours the violent death and murdering of the enemy stopped with peace and joy and twenty four hours subsequently the brutal violent death started once more. Along with this, one surprising thing I learned was that the Christmas Truce and World War I helped the spread and love for the game of football ( association football ) . During the armistice many soldiers would take part in football games with the enemy. One illustration of this in the book is when Kurt Zehmisch of the 134th Saxons is quoted “ The English brought a association football ball and shortly a lively game ensued. How wonderfully fantastic yet strange it was ” ( 105, Weintraub ) . As you can see, this book represents an indirect scrutiny of human nature and still provides a great plot line.
In my sentiment the Christmas Truce of World War I in 1914 depicted by Stanley Weintraub ‘s Silent Night, is one of the most astonishing events in the history of war. The idea that people who are killing each other can come together in peace for any sum of clip is genuinely inspiring. With that, this book kept me really interested throughout reading it and I learned a batch from it. I would urge this book to anybody who is looking to further at that place cognition of World War I, The Christmas Truce, or merely to bask a good book. Equally long as war and humanity continue on Earth, the narrative of the World War I Christmas Truce, expressed of all time so clearly by Stanley Weintraub, will populate on everlastingly demoing the true nature of a soldier.