December 24, 1914 – The Christmas Truce

On this day in history, British and German soldiers in trenches on the Western Front had a temporary truce for Christmas.

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British soldiers observed Germans decorating their trenches and singing Christmas carols. They began singing in response, and soon the two sides were exchanging alcohol, tobacco, and cake, inter alia. A football match was even played between the 133rd Royal Saxon Regiment of Germany and Scottish troops in No Man’s Land on the Western Front. (The Germans won the match 3 to 2). Other games along the front were also recorded.

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The next day, the Germans fired warning shots, and the war resumed.

British troops from London with Saxons of the 104th and 106th Regiments of the Imperial German Army during the Christmas Truce.

British troops from London with Saxons of the 104th and 106th Regiments of the Imperial German Army during the Christmas Truce.

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2 Responses

  1. Quite interesting! A fact throwing light on complexities of a Human Being.

  2. I wonder how many survived almost four more years of that hell?

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