One For The Troops Wherever They Are

Tonight I’m featuring a great John McCutcheon tune titled, “Christmas In The Trenches.”

This song probably gets some airplay but even so, it’s worth hearing again. I think I first heard it performed by the Irish band “Aengus” years ago on NPR’s World Cafe. (The entire Aengus CD, All On A Christmas Morning is Celtic music and is excellent by the way.)

The song tells the story of the World War One Christmas Truce between the warring German and British troops. The Christmas Truce is a true story apparently condensed down to one event (where by all accounts it appears the truce was more widespread). Nonetheless, enemy combatants dropped their weapons to gather and celebrate Christmas.

Beautiful song – beautiful story.

The McCutcheon video is followed by the History Channel’s full story of the event. It’s good as well — 44 minutes of time well spent.

Christmas In The Trenches by John McCutcheon

The History Channel’s The Christmas Truce

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