¨A French officer told an outdoor service held just 150 feet away from German trenches¨(61).
Signpost; Quoted words
¨There were no planes overhead, no observation balloons, no bombs, no rifle fire, there for no snipers just an ocasianal lark....."(64).
¨These truces were arranged so quick that high ranking officers didn't have time to prevent them¨(69).
The author used this number to show how close these ceremonies were to the trenches; what if it caught on fire and burned there trench; all of there stuff would be ruined.
Word Gap; Vilgilance
¨It is thought possible that the enemy may be contemplating an attack during Xmas or New years. Special vigilance will be mantanied during this period¨(56).
This person was quoted because he witnessed the event and thought it was very strange. The author added this quote because they wanted to show that Christmas was not in fire they were enjoying it with there troops.
Summary; 5-7 Word Gist
The German and British would exchange gifts.
If they didn't take the truce and still fought then they would actually have a good war and not give up. This shows why should I bother because they don´t care about fighting anymore and just want to give up.
Book Club Question;
Definition; The action or state of keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties. Technical Term? No
How might they making a truce right after Christmas affect how they move on?
How did both countries react to the present exchange?