False Light: December of the Damned - Military History Series
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The so-called Christmas Truce of 1914 is among the most enduring myths of the last century. This lecture will uncover the real story: a series of local truces took place throughout December at the direction of commanders, serving their purposes, and carefully stage-managed at every point. These events have been misinterpreted and imbued with false light ever since. Recommended reading for this lecture is “The Christmas Truce: Myth, Memory, and the First World War” by Terri Blom Crocker.
This event is the last of a series of military history lectures led by veteran, writer, and researcher Matt Osborne. The series will be the first Tuesday of each month, September through December.
Matt Osborne is a US Army signals intelligence veteran and website news beat editor turned social media consultant. He is working on a book of essays about war and conflict, including "Brain Bucket: a Social History of War, Football, Helmets, and Head Injury," which is already published at Medium.com.