The Christmas truce of 1914
In 1974 Alan Maitland joined CBC Radio's As It Happens as co-host, and during that time he became known affectionately as Fireside Al and Front Porch Al, tempting listeners to pull up a chair to the fire or on the porch (depending on the season) and listen. He read stories by a long list of authors, and they were a delight for audiences, whether the story was a humorous or a poignant one. His reading of The Shepherd, by Frederick Forsythe, has become a Christmas Eve tradition on As It Happens.
• The story read here was originally published in Bairnsfather's 1916 book Bullets and Billets.
• For more on World War I, see the CBC Digital Archives topic The First World War: Canada Remembers.
Program: As It Happens
Broadcast Date: Dec. 23, 1977
Host: Barbara Frum
Speaker: Alan Maitland
Photo Credit: Horace Brown / Library and Archives Canada / PA-107276 Trenches, 1915
Last updated: December 30, 2014
Page consulted on December 30, 2014
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