Katherine Brown’s Report on the podcast of “Voices of the First World War: Christmas at War”

This podcast offered some insight about the Christmas experiences of the men and women during the course of the war. The podcast was not in the style of a single interview, but a collection of experiences that began with the infamous Christmas Truce in 1914. However, I appreciated how they tried to collect a spectrum of accounts of what it was like during the Christmas season on the front line, at hospitals, prisoner of war camps, and at sea. There are accounts from men serving in Turkey or near Bethlehem. In contrast, there are also reports from nurses and volunteers at hospitals.  

Each account was accompanied by a brief introduction about the individual. I would have liked for their also to have been some commentary to link each account, to give facts and figures. For instance, there was an account from a conscientious objector, Walter Griffin, who talked about what it was like to be imprisoned during Christmas time. He made sure to verify that in prison, Christmas was a mundane, unannounced affair with carefully rationed, bland food. This experience contrasted vastly with many of the soldiers’ accounts of the food served on the front line; a majority of the accounts praised Christmas meals of pheasant, turkey, Christmas pudding, and alcohol during the war. I wanted to know more about the experience of the prisons; Griffin talked nonchalantly about the atmosphere of the prison. Was this the experience of other conscientious objectors? How many were jailed over the various holidays during war time? Did any help, perhaps, to create packages, letters, and gifts for the soldiers stationed away from home?

Of all of the various recollections, most of which were resplendent with talk of food and caroling, there was only one who talked about men dying on Christmas day. I thought this was interesting because unlike the truce, which was a rare occurrence, work commenced as usual for many committed to the war effort. George Wray, who was suddenly recalled back to France, talked about how the soldiers had pleasant expectations for Christmas morning. However, these hopes were quickly dismantled when the Germans had broken the line they had left. “Sad to say, we lost quite a few men,” Wray reported.

This comment raised some questions for me. The podcast had left out the perspectives of those celebrating Christmas on the home front. What was their experiences in creating the packages that the soldiers did mention throughout the experiences? The podcast mentions that Princess Mary set up a commission to provide a gift for the men serving at the front or the sea; this must have been a rallying effort that needed a lot of preparation

. What were the experiences of the wives and children at home, with their husbands and fathers absent? What about those that were informed that their men had died during the holiday season? Was there radio specials to raise spirits, or was Christmas a terrifying ordeal? It made me wonder if there are any surviving Christmas broadcasts that could also have been added to the podcast, to glean what it was like to have Christmas at home. After all, as mentioned in class, many thought the was would be over by the Christmas so it must have been a very strained time, especially as more and more Christmas holidays were spent at war.

Overall, the podcast was well organized and thought provoking. A listener can really begin to understand how, for many, Christmas was a beacon of light for men who soon became bitter and anguished by the continued bloodshed and torture of a war that seemed to never end. Actually listening to the cadence of their voices, years after, reaffirm how small things like Christmas pudding or gifts rallied the men and women during war time.

179 thoughts on “Katherine Brown’s Report on the podcast of “Voices of the First World War: Christmas at War”

  1. You bring up a really interesting point about how so many people believed the War would be over by Christmas. I mean, it’s not as if people had never experienced a holiday during a war, but to experience “the war to end all wars” or even to live through what Grayzel put as “the peace to end all peace” during such a monumental holiday must’ve been such a harrowing experience.

  2. Pingback: albuterol inhaler for sale generic

  3. Pingback: generic sildenafil for sale

  4. Pingback: ciprofloxacin price without insurance

  5. Pingback: chloroquine antiviral

  6. Pingback: when is generic cialis available

  7. Pingback: buy hydroxychloroquine

  8. Pingback: price of viagra

  9. Pingback: cialis vs viagra

  10. Pingback: tadalafil without a doctor's prescription

  11. Pingback: buy viagra from canada

  12. Pingback: buy viagra overnight delivery

  13. Pingback: cialis 10 mg tablet

  14. Pingback: Cialis 20 mg without a prescription

  15. Pingback: lexapro 10 mg purchase

  16. Pingback: allegra 120 mg usa

  17. Pingback: amaryl 4mg medication

  18. Pingback: how to purchase arava 10mg

  19. Pingback: strattera 18 mg tablet

  20. Pingback: bactrim 800/160 mg for sale

  21. Pingback: buspar 10 mg price

  22. Pingback: catapres 100 mcg otc

  23. Pingback: ceclor 500mg cost

  24. Pingback: ceftin 250mg purchase

  25. Pingback: celebrex 200 mg tablet

  26. Pingback: celexa 10mg otc

  27. Pingback: cephalexin 500 mg cheap

  28. Pingback: cipro over the counter

  29. Pingback: claritin 10mg united kingdom

  30. Pingback: gambling casino online

  31. Pingback: chumba casino

  32. Pingback: casino slots

  33. Pingback: online casino games

  34. Pingback: doubleu casino

  35. Pingback: casino online usa

  36. Pingback: casinos online

  37. Pingback: betfair casino online

  38. Pingback: multiple car insurance quotes

  39. Pingback: auto club insurance

  40. Pingback: car insurance quotes companies list

  41. Pingback: affordable car insurance quotes

  42. Pingback: rbc car insurance

  43. Pingback: owners car insurance

  44. Pingback: car insurance quotes online quotes

  45. Pingback: online payday loan lender

  46. Pingback: payday loans no credit check

  47. Pingback: same day installment loans

  48. Pingback: bad credit loans loan

  49. Pingback: payday loans near me

  50. Pingback: fast personal loans

  51. Pingback: cbd oil for diabetes

  52. Pingback: cbd oil for pain relief

  53. Pingback: does hemp oil contain cbd

  54. Pingback: cannabis high in cbd lacey

  55. Pingback: cbd oil for sale 1200 mg capsuls

  56. Pingback: cbd oil for anxiety reviews

  57. Pingback: essay writing

  58. Pingback: essays

  59. Pingback: writer of federalist papers

  60. Pingback: essaywritingservices

  61. Pingback: assignment notebooks

  62. Pingback: homework for pre k

  63. Pingback: academic essay writing service

  64. Pingback: paper writer

  65. Pingback: where to buy cleocin

  66. Pingback: clomid 100 mg cheap

  67. Pingback: clozaril price

  68. Pingback: symbicort inhaler without a prescription

  69. Pingback: coreg 25 mg prices

  70. Pingback: compazine 5 mg generic

  71. Pingback: coumadin 1 mg canada

  72. Pingback: cozaar price

  73. Pingback: where can i buy crestor

  74. Pingback: dapsone caps without prescription

  75. Pingback: how to purchase ddavp

  76. Pingback: depakote 250mg cheap

  77. Pingback: diamox united states

  78. Pingback: differin 15g without a doctor prescription

  79. Pingback: diltiazem without a doctor prescription

  80. Pingback: doxycycline nz

  81. Pingback: dramamine 50mg tablets

  82. Pingback: buy etodolac

  83. Pingback: flomax 0,4mg united states

  84. Pingback: flonase nasal spray australia

  85. Pingback: geodon no prescription

  86. Pingback: buy imitrex 25mg

  87. Pingback: cost of imodium

  88. Pingback: directory

  89. Pingback: cost of imuran 25mg

  90. Pingback: cheapest indocin 75mg

  91. Pingback: lamisil 250mg prices

  92. Pingback: levaquin 250mg without a doctor prescription

  93. Pingback: lopid 300 mg united states

  94. Pingback: how to buy lopressor

  95. Pingback: macrobid 50 mg australia

  96. Pingback: meclizine 25mg price

  97. Pingback: cheap mestinon

  98. Pingback: micardis tablet

  99. Pingback: mobic 15mg online pharmacy

  100. Pingback: nortriptyline without a doctor prescription

  101. Pingback: periactin usa

  102. Pingback: plaquenil 200 mg australia

  103. Pingback: how to purchase prednisolone

  104. Pingback: prevacid united states

  105. Pingback: prilosec 10 mg otc

  106. Pingback: procardia 30mg over the counter

  107. Pingback: how to buy proscar

  108. Pingback: protonix without a doctor prescription

  109. Pingback: cheap provigil 100 mg

  110. Pingback: pulmicort otc

  111. Pingback: pyridium 200mg otc

  112. Pingback: robaxin 500 mg pills

  113. Pingback: how to buy seroquel

  114. Pingback: singulair prices

  115. Pingback: skelaxin 400mg uk

  116. Pingback: spiriva usa

  117. Pingback: thorazine australia

  118. Pingback: where can i buy toprol

  119. Pingback: tricor without prescription

  120. Pingback: valtrex australia

  121. Pingback: verapamil prices

  122. Pingback: voltaren nz

  123. Pingback: wellbutrin without prescription

  124. Pingback: zanaflex 2 mg tablet

  125. Pingback: zithromax 100mg cheap

  126. Pingback: have a peek at these guys

  127. Pingback: how to buy zocor

  128. Pingback: zovirax online

  129. Pingback: zyprexa australia

  130. Pingback: zyvox 600mg without a doctor prescription

  131. Pingback: sildenafil pills

  132. Pingback: where to buy tadalafil

  133. Pingback: furosemide cost

  134. Pingback: escitalopram 20 mg for saleescitalopram without a doctor prescription

  135. Pingback: aripiprazole tablet

  136. Pingback: buy pioglitazone

  137. Pingback: spironolactone 100mg generic

  138. Pingback: fexofenadine purchase

  139. Pingback: glimepiride 1mg nz

  140. Pingback: leflunomide no prescription

  141. Pingback: donepezil 5mg online

  142. Pingback: anastrozole 1 mg united kingdom

  143. Pingback: irbesartan cheap

  144. Pingback: dutasteride tablet

  145. Pingback: buspirone 5 mg price

  146. Pingback: cephalexin 500 mg online pharmacy

  147. Pingback: ciprofloxacin 250 mg nz

  148. Pingback: loratadine 10mg online pharmacy

  149. Pingback: prochlorperazine medication

  150. Pingback: carvedilol purchase

  151. Pingback: warfarin 5mg price

  152. Pingback: cheapest rosuvastatin

  153. Pingback: divalproex usa

  154. Pingback: tolterodine 2 mg price

  155. Pingback: acetazolamide online

  156. Pingback: fluconazole 50 mg cheap

  157. Pingback: phenytoin for sale

  158. Pingback: bisacodyl 5 mg nz

  159. Pingback: venlafaxine online pharmacy

  160. Pingback: amitriptyline prices

  161. Pingback: permethrin 30g price

  162. Pingback: cost of erythromycin

  163. Pingback: cost of estradiol

  164. Pingback: etodolac 400 mg without a doctor prescription

  165. Pingback: alendronate uk

  166. Pingback: nitrofurantoin otc

  167. Pingback: glipizide canada

  168. Pingback: isosorbide cheap

  169. Pingback: sumatriptan coupon

  170. Pingback: loperamide cheap

  171. Pingback: azathioprine generic

  172. Pingback: order propranolol 80 mg

  173. Pingback: how to purchase lamotrigine 100 mg

  174. Pingback: terbinafine 250mg uk

  175. Pingback: buy levofloxacin

  176. Pingback: levothyroxine mcg generic

  177. Pingback: how to purchase metoprolol 100 mg

  178. Pingback: where to buy clotrimazole

  179. Pingback: metoclopramide 10 mg cost

Leave a Reply