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We Good... We no shoot (Christmas Truce at Ploegsteert)

Tom Morgan

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Haven't finished this yet, but am enjoying reading it. Here's the description from the website. The Christmas Truce at Plugstreet Wood in 1914 By Andrew Hamilton and Alan Reed

To commemorate the centenary of the iconic Christmas Truce of 1914, Andrew Hamilton and Alan Reed have extended their work on the 1/ Royal Warwicks’ armistice at St. Yves in Belgium to include another 8 battalions in an in-depth investigation of Christmas in the wider Plugstreet Wood.

In We Good… We No Shoot:

• The authors have collected a wealth of contemporary evidence to create a fascinating and vivid picture of what happened over the festive season in 1914

• They investigate why soldiers were so keen to fraternise ‘without permission’, who allowed them to do so, and how the authorities reacted to such unwarlike behaviour

• Soldiers of all ranks recall, in their own words, the events of the few days when the War stopped and British and German soldiers laid down their arms and met in No Man’s Land

• They assess whether or not an ‘international’ football match took place as well as detailing the meetings and exchanges in No Man’s Land, the strange happenings and coincidences that occurred, and the collection and burial of bodies

• The high standards of design and presentation displayed in Meet at Dawn, Unarmed and Stolen Lives have been maintained. Maps are clearly presented and a well-judged selection of original and recent photographs illustrate what life was like at Plugstreet Wood.

• A number of Bruce Bairnsfather’s cartoons add humour to one of the few happy and positive moments of the Great War.

Authors: Andrew Hamilton and Alan Reed

Published by: Dene House Publishing

Email: denehouse@btconnect.com

Phone: 01789842903/ 07743696166

Publication date: 21 November 2014

ISBN: 978-0-9561820-3-6

Pages: 125

Photographs: 79 (colour 31, black and white 48)

Cartoons: 9

Maps: 6

Price: £11.75 sterling inclusive of p&p for UK postage only

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A have not read Mr Baker's book yet, but I have a copy of Hamilton and Read's book in for review. On first sight it looks very good. High quality pictures and some colour and with as colour trench map. Looking forward to reading it.

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I am really really surprised that a tv company hasn't made a documentary about the truce given that it is the centenary year and it only happened once to this extent


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Of course there is always the excellent Malcolm Brown documentary from the 1980's , called 'Peace in No man's land, it's available on YouTube.

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