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Xmas truce

  • Stork by Stork

    I heard long ago that on one Xmas day during the First World War, the two sides met in No Man's Land and played football and smoked + drank together. Here it is, in the 25th day- "Mutual truce started and opposing forces left their trenches + had converse."


  • ral104 by ral104 moderator, scientist

    There were many local truces, particularly during 1914 and 1915, but by that point there were strict orders coming into force to prevent any fraternisation. You can read more on our very own blog: https://blog.operationwardiary.org/2014/12/19/a-very-western-front-christmas/


  • marie.eklidvirginmedia.com by marie.eklidvirginmedia.com

    Discussions regarding the Christmas Truce and how to find them in the project.. Also link to really good interesting book about the Truce.

    Here are somePhotos and Articles of the Christmas Truce Link:

    Link: http://www.illustratedfirstworldwar.com/item/british-and-german-soldiers-arm-in-arm-and-exchanging-headgear-a-iln0-1915-0109-0014-001/

    PS. There is a really interesting book entitled “Christmas Truce” – The Western Front 1914. By Malcolm Brown and Shirtley Seaton. (Pan Grand Strategy Series). It contains many interesting stories and photographs.

    On the Mess Hall Board/Historians Arm's there was a discussion about the Christmas Truce about 3 years ago, so some of this information may be repeated. These may be of interest to people who have joined the project since then.

    PPS. To find the discussions about Christmas Truces:

    Go to the 'on line' page where your name is, place the cursor on your name - it will bring up headings, go into Search heading, (type in the box Truce-under the discussion part and enter), it will bring up anything related to that, i.e. it will give you the discussions about the Christmas Truces that people have participated in.