The Christmas Truce, 1914

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Written by Aaron Michaels on 13th December 2012 at 10:01am
The Christmas Truce, 1914

Around Christmas 1914 a number of ceasefires took place along the Westen Front during World War I, this has come to be known as The Christmas Truce.


The Christmas truce is viewed by many as symbolic moment during World War I; symbolising peace and humanity in the face of the most violent event in modern history.

 

Through the week leading up to Christmas 1914, a series of ceasefires upon the Western Front took place, mainly between German and British soldiers.

 

In many parts, on Christmas Eve and Day many soldiers from both sides ventured into "no man's land". The troops mingled, exchanged gifts and partook in burial ceremonies. In some cases, troops were friendly enough that there were reports of carol-signing and games of football between one another.

 

Christmas truces continued in 1915 and 1916, however not on such a large scale- mainly due to the unprecedently bloody battles of the Somme and Verdun.

 

The Christmas truce is significant due to the level of participants and the growing mood within camps of "live and let live".

 

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