"'I am calling for particulars as to names of officers and units who took part in this Christmas gathering, with a view to disciplinary action'"(82).
Signpost: Numbers and Stats
"1915 darkens over again"(89).
Mindset: Growth Mindset
"World War 1 might very well have happened anyway, but it is fair to ask how the world would have been different if the sides involved had been more willing to sit down and negotiate their differences"(103).
The author wanted me to know that British officers that did not obey orders would be punished because they did not shoot the enemy on Christmas.
Word Gap: Fraternization: Technical Word
"'I have issued the strictest orders that on no account is (fraternization) to be allowed between the opposing troops'"(82).
The author wanted me to know that the war started back up again around Easter time in 1915, and that the truce finally came to a close.
Summary: Most Important Thing
1. The soldiers were loyal in the war until they decided to come together and negotiate their differences and form a truce. 2. The war that went on for a very long time with many unnecessary casualties could have been prevented if small things were changed. 3. The soldiers did not want to fight the war because of the conditions in the trenches were awful and smelled of brothers in arms rotting bodies.
If the soldiers had a fixed mindset, they would have never negotiated their differences and agreed to have a truce to get away from the horrible, gruesome war.
Book Club Questions
Fraternization means to become allies with the enemy, and this is a technical word because it is hard to use in some sentences.
The most important thing in the book Truce was that the war could have been prevented with small changes which would, in turn, prevent so many unnecessary casualties.
If both armies had soldiers that wanted to fight and obey their superiors what effect would this have had on the war?