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Album: Snoopy And His FriendsReleased: 1967
The Royal Guardsmen were 5 guys from Ocala, Florida. They recorded a quartet of songs inspired by Snoopy the Beagle in the "Peanuts" comic strip between 1967 and 1968. This was the third in the list of Snoopy songs.
This was rereleased around Christmas the following 2 years. (thanks, Jeff - Boston, MA)
Two lines from the traditional song "O Tannenbaum" (the German version of "O Christmas Tree") are featured at the very beginning of this song. The song also contains different sound effects: zooming airplanes, sounds of gunshots and explosions of bombs, and Christmas bells. (thanks, Jerro - New Alexandria, PA)
This song takes place during World War I, and follows up on "Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron
," where Snoopy is a fighter pilot. In "Snoopy's Christmas," The Red Baron decides not to shoot Snoopy down, but forces him to land and gives him a Christmas gift. There really was a Christmas Truce in 1914 between the British and German troops, mainly on the Western Front. Trench warfare had created a bit of a stalemate, and the soldiers were able to communicate with each other. They negotiated a cease-fire and even exchanged small gifts like whiskey, rum, cigars, and chocolates, meeting in "No Man's Land," which was the battlefield between the trenches. (thanks, Patrick - Bremen, GA)