Though I saw it all around
Never thought I could be affected
Thought that we'd be the last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

Thursday, December 20, 2012

I fought for King and country I loved dear

Another from the Xmas playlist, John McCutcheon's "Christmas in the Trenches."

Soon daylight stole upon us and France was France once more
With sad farewells we each prepared to settle back to war
But the question haunted every heart that lived that wonderous night
"Whose family have I fixed within my sights?"

What is often left out from the histories is that the troops who engaged in a few of these truces had to be replaced because they refused to follow orders to attack. The insurrection was so wide spread that the officers couldn't court martial all the participants, so instead they just cycled in fresh recruits. The future use of gas munitions ended much of the peace that had prevailed.

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