- Nov 10, 2006
Actually, Sodergren lists a few primary sources that back up the story, from veterans writing mostly after the war. Sodergren doesn't claim that it was a "mythical" event, just that it may not have been as widespread as claimed after the war.
Yeah, he does in various talks etc., such as here at 24 mins in.
A careful reading shows that the cheering was a reaction to hearing that they were to move forward.
Which is odd, because they didn't then move forward. Forward was "west". Hours after the cheering the regiment moved east (i.e. to the rear) a few miles.