“The Christmas Truce of World War I – December 1914”
The members of VFW Post 406, Newport, invite the public to a special presentation, Wednesday, December 14th. During the first winter of WW I, Soldiers from opposing sides halted combat actions for a brief period and came together to sing Christmas Carols, exchange goods, and celebrate the holiday. At this time, there were still expectations that the war would be short, and the bitter carnage which defined WWI still lay ahead in the future.
Professor David Kohen, the Captain Tracy Barrett Kittredge Scholar of War Studies and Maritime History at the U.S. Naval War College, will present a lecture; “The Christmas Truce of World War I – December 1914″
David Kohen received his Ph.D. from King’s College London, and served as the founding director of the John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research and as executive director of the Naval War College Museum. He is also a retired U.S. Naval Officer.
The lecture will be held at the Newport Elks Lodge 104, 141 Pelham St, Newport RI, and is open to all to attend.
Please arrive at 5:00 pm. Light hors d’oeuvres will be provided as well as access to a cash bar. The lecture begins promptly at 6:00 PM.
We will be collecting donations for the RI Veterans Home in Bristol, RI and request that attendees help support the needs of Veterans that are living there. For information about what to donate please click here.
The suggested donation of $10.00 supports local Veteran programs and activities.