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The Christmas Truce of 1914

@ 05:25 PM (52 months, 15 days ago)


The "Christmas truce" is a term used to describe several brief unofficial cessations of hostilities that occurred on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day between German and British or French troops in World War I, particularly that between British and German troops stationed along the Western Front during Christmas 1914 and, to a lesser extent, in 1915. In 1915 there was a similar Christmas truce between German and French troops, and during Easter 1916 a truce also existed on the Eastern Front.


German soldiers celebrate the arrival of the new year 1915. On many parts of the Front between the British and Germans a live and let live attitude remained in place for a number of weeks to come after the truce was over.

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  1. Elbro, you have to see the film JOYEUX NOEL...it's about this Christmas of temporary detente and OH, is it good....GREAT post. I love stories like this..the true humanity comes through even when their countries are warring.

    Comment by z— 2009/12/22 @ 10:20 PM — (Reply)

  2. Have a cool Yule EB

    Comment by riffran— 2009/12/22 @ 11:00 PM — (Reply)

  3. Z...it's my understanding that this also happened during the Civil War at various times. You're right about the true humanity.

    Comment by Elmers Brother— 2009/12/23 @ 08:11 AM — (Reply)

  4. In the midst of the hell of war, it must have felt good to recognize the goodness in the other, if only for a moment.

    Merry Christmas, ElBro! :-)

    Comment by Jen— 2009/12/23 @ 09:50 PM — (Reply)

  5. it is pretty amazing Jen.

    Comment by Elmers Brother— 2009/12/24 @ 02:14 AM — (Reply)

  6. and a Merry Christmas to you Riff.

    Comment by Elmers Brother— 2009/12/24 @ 02:15 AM — (Reply)

  7. Merry Christmas Elmer's brother & family!

    Comment by FJ— 2009/12/24 @ 05:59 AM — (Reply)

  8. and to you FJ.

    Comment by Elmers Brother— 2009/12/24 @ 07:38 AM — (Reply)

  9. I'd read about this some time back. Seem to recall some of the upper brass had a fit.

    Comment by Burns— 2009/12/27 @ 12:00 PM — (Reply)

  10. Burnsy, I think you're right there. The next year they started and artillery barrage on Christmas Eve to try and prevent a reoccurrence.

    Comment by Elmers Brother— 2009/12/27 @ 03:08 PM — (Reply)

  11. Kraut bastards.

    Comment by Ed— 2009/12/27 @ 05:23 PM — (Reply)

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