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The Troika Horse and Other Stories


An Anthology of 20th Century War Stories

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Great piece of history, one of my favorite war stories. I can remember watching a movie about this in high school and it completely blowing me away. I thought you did a great job of writing it so the reader can feel like they are there. As well adding the little historical pieces (Tommie, playing football, etc.) they really added to the effect and helped tie together the story. Overall a great piece of historical literature.


 Comment Written 10-Dec-2015



reply by the author on 10-Dec-2015
    Hi, Mitch. When I joined Fanstory in November 2007, I saw the site's Christmas Contest announcement and wrote this little thing. It took 3rd place in a site contest. Never listen to people on here who say a newbie has no chance of winning a site contest, lol. I'm an example. Thanks for reviewing and for liking the history.
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It was a blessed moment when the bewilderment of the opposing troops was expressed most dramatically. All for naught, though. Too soon, the enervating slaughter led to a bitterness that precluded any such repetition.

Only in a few instances during the North African Campaign, and briefly during the Ardennes Offensive, did laissez faire occur where respect was shone to wounded of each side by the other.

A fine reminder that sometimes humanity trumps nationalistic policies

Fantasist



 Comment Written 18-Jan-2015



reply by the author on 18-Jan-2015
    Hi, and thanks for the great review. I knew about one truce in the Ardennes, but don't know about the one in North Africa.

reply by Allezw2 on 19-Jan-2015
    Not a truce, simply that the opposing medics did not discriminate between the nationalities of the wounded. Most of the Brits recalling the North African Cam;paign said it was the last 'gentleman's war'.

reply by Allezw2 on 19-Jan-2015
    Not a truce, rather the medics of both side did not discriminate between the nationalities of the wounded. The Brits, French and US Navy and Army both had nurses and medics with doctors captured in the often see-saw battles in the early months of the campaign. The Brits have often referred to the North African Campaign a the last 'gentleman's war'.
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The Christmas Truce
Hello my friend. I miss you. I happen to have won an iPad at the chambers Christmas party and thought it a good idea to check in and visit one of my favorite sites, though you don't see me often I still love being here. I hope you had a merry Christmas. Great dtory. No nits I can see.
Hugs
Heidi


 Comment Written 26-Dec-2014



reply by the author on 26-Dec-2014
    Thanks again, and happy New Year!

reply by bookishfabler on 20-Jan-2015
    Happy New Year. Sorry it is always so long in between visits. Miss you too.
    hugs Heidi

reply by the author on 20-Jan-2015
    Hugs to you, too!
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Interesting story. In war, superior officers give orders. So, when somebody starts something that brings some kind of ceasefire when he's not a commander, the rule is broken: I wasn't supprised when superior officers threatened a court martial.
That however, was the essence of Chritmas: humility, meekness and love. The action was a spontaneous show of respect for an event that was universally, esteemed.


 Comment Written 23-Dec-2014



reply by the author on 24-Dec-2014
    Glad you liked the story, Brabazon. Thanks for the review and your comments.
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This is probably my favorite Christmas story or all time. Plot, character development all exceptional. Writing flawless, but, oh, the story. Now that is the Christmas spirit. Thank you so much for posting this masterpiece.


 Comment Written 23-Dec-2014



reply by the author on 23-Dec-2014
    thanks again, Gypsy.
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Nice. I'm too much a cynic to think the story is possible, though not enough cynical to know miracles occur from time to time. I appauld your creativity and the structuring of this simple Christmas story. Thanks a lot.


 Comment Written 23-Dec-2014



reply by the author on 23-Dec-2014
    Hello, and thanks again. Here's something else, from another Brit: This is a variation of the soccer game. I have read before.

    The reason this story came to be known is because some officers smuggled cameras onto the front line, sometimes with the connivance of their senior officers. I did once see a picture of the event.

    Newspapers paid up to £600 for the best photos (£80,000 by today's value).
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This is a variation of the soccer game. I have read before.

The reason this story came to be known is because some officers smuggled cameras onto the front line, sometimes with the connivance of their senior officers. I did once see a picture of the event.

Newspapers paid up to £600 for the best photos (£80,000 by today's value).

A nicely written story that touches the heart in a Christmas fashion... :) Mel.


 Comment Written 23-Dec-2014



reply by the author on 23-Dec-2014
    Thanks for liking the story, blue. I just had someone else say he was too cynical to believe it, so I sent him part of this review. In 1914, something like this could happen. Today? Nope. Times are different.

reply by write hand blue on 23-Dec-2014
    Yes, you are right war is different now. Most wars these days are religious in origin and tend to bring out the worst in people. Whilst that was a political war. My opinion anyway...
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Well, you certainly had my eyes welling up with that ending. That is one mystery of humanity, how we can be so synergetic as to allow a maniac to hoard us and yet, at times, to wake up and show some of the kindness even the lowest of the species shows more. Quite intriguing, right?


 Comment Written 23-Dec-2014



reply by the author on 23-Dec-2014
    Thanks again.
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This made me cry....I wish I had a six ...I wish the common man held sway and war would then go away...
This happened in the civil war too...
Don't you think God smiled
God bless


 Comment Written 22-Dec-2014



reply by the author on 22-Dec-2014
    A brief one happened in WWII too. There's a DVD called Silent Night. The German boy, then a man in middle age, told the story of what happened on Christmas Even during The Battle of the Bulge, Christmas, 1944 in the Ardennes Forest, Belgium. He was 12 at the time, and his home had been destroyed in a bombing. His mother and he went to their hunting cabin in the woods. There was a knock on the door, and three Americans forced their way in at gunpoint, carrying another who was wounded. The mother had the little boy take their rifles when they were distracted, and hide them. She told the Americans it was Holy Night, and she would have NO weapons in her home. Next, three German soldiers appeared and pointed guns at the Americans and at her. It was death to shelter the enemy. The Americans explained what was going on, that they'd agreed to lay aside their weapons while in her home for this one night. The Germans finally agreed and all the soldiers donated supplies from their packs to go along with the woman's potato soup. Men who met as enemies parted as friends. The boy had been trying all his life to connect with one of those soldiers, from either side. As a result of unsolved mysteries, he finally found one of the Americans in a nursing home. Beautiful story. Thanks for a great review, Jenny.

reply by kiwijenny on 22-Dec-2014
    Please chronicle this too. Make it resound for all to hear..
    God bless you for this
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This was a very heart-palpitating story that would certainly raise a few eyebrows to think that men could be civil and wise one moment but then when the call to duty to commence the war, is surly a mystery. You would think, they'd see how senseless it was and see how many families would be distraught and lost without their beloved with them.
But all is hindsight as we now see the denigration and despair, nowadays.
*May you have a "Merry Christmas" and the best in the New Year."
Charlene






















































 Comment Written 22-Dec-2014



reply by the author on 22-Dec-2014
    They had to go back to fighting. No choice. Governments and officers demanded it on pain of death. thanks for the read and your comments, Charlene. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
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