The Christmas Truce of 1914


How do you portray a moment of peace during the First World War when it’s not always clear what actually happened?

In our Christmas Special, Angus, Chris and Jessica speak to historian Mark Connelly (University of Kent) about the Christmas Truce of 1914. Along the way we discuss Paul McCartney, the difficulty of playing football in No Man’s Land, British soldiers as 9-to-5 workers, and a Christmas Truce with the coronavirus.


The Great War: Episode 5 – “This Business May Last a Long Time” (BBC, 1964)
Peace in No Man’s Land (BBC, 1981)  
Paul McCartney – Pipes of Peace (Song, 1983)  
Malcolm Brown & Shirley Brown – Christmas Truce: The Western Front December 1914 (Book, 1984)
Joyeux Noël (Film, 2005)
Terri Blom Crocker The Christmas Truce: myth, memory, and the First World War (University of Kentucky Press, 2015).

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Classical Imagery

How did the First World War draw upon classical imagery?

Short Stories

How do you convert the First World War into a short story?