Meeting The Enemy

Hardcover | October 29, 2013

byRichard van Emden

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A British soldier walked over to the German front line to deliver newspapers; British women married to Germans became "enemy aliens" in their own country; a high-ranking British POW discussed his own troops' heroism with the kaiser on the battlefield. These are just three amazing stories of interaction between the opposing sides in the Great War that eminent historian Richard van Emden has unearthed-incidents that show brutality, great humanity, and, above all, the bizarre nature of a conflict between two nations with long-standing ties of kinship and friendship. Meeting the Enemy reveals for the first time how contact was maintained on many levels throughout the war, and its stories-sometimes funny, often moving-give us a new perspective on the lives of ordinary men and women caught up in extraordinary events.

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A British soldier walked over to the German front line to deliver newspapers; British women married to Germans became "enemy aliens" in their own country; a high-ranking British POW discussed his own troops' heroism with the kaiser on the battlefield. These are just three amazing stories of interaction between the opposing sides in the...

Richard van Emden has interviewed over 270 veterans of the Great War and has written fourteen books on the subject, including Boy Soldiers of the Great War and The Last Fighting Tommy. He has also worked on more than a dozen television programs on the First World War, including Britain's Last Tommies, Britain's Boy Soldiers, the award...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.6 inPublished:October 29, 2013Publisher:Bloomsbury Press AgencyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1408821648

ISBN - 13:9781408821640

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"Remarkable . . . Makes you think rather differently about the so-called 'Great War For Civilisation.'" -Daily Mail"Extraordinary and often inspirational stories of comradeship between foes." -Richard Kemp, a former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, The Times"From the horrors of the First World War battlefields are tales of extraordinary camaraderie between British and German soldiers." -Daily Express"In Meeting the Enemy, the historian Richard Van Emden shifts his focus from the grim fields of the First World War to the small, all but unknown instances of compassion across enemy lines." -New Statesman