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Christmas truce 1914

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On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 1914, British and German forces at various places along the front met informally in no-man's land. In most places it began with each side singing carols and putting Christmas trees over their own positions. A few soldiers from each side ventured out and exchanged Christmas wishes and small presents and soon most of the soldiers on both sides were involved. Apparently in several places the trenches were empty while the opposing armies played football/soccer. Then on the 26th, the war resumed.

There are many reports that French troops in some places also took part in the Christmas truce, although the French officially deny it. Even the British and German officers at the time officially denied that any such fraternization took place. Most reports agree the truce started when the Germans erected their traditional Christmas trees on the parapets and began to sing carols. (The British, French and Australian commands did not supply trees to their men.) The British responded with carols of their own. Soon a truce was offered by the Germans (and accepted by the British) to bury the decaying bodies in no-man's land, left from a raid about 3 days previous. The Germans helped the British bury the dead, and some officers exchanged gifts. The Germans mostly had sausages, and cheese, from home. The British donated brandy, chocolate or tinned delicacies from home. Some of the enlisted men traded what they had. . . tins of bully beef, pocket knives, even buttons from their uniforms. Eventually the troops went back to their trenches, although the caroling went on all night long. One German soldier, a famous opera singer, even serenaded the British troops. Many of the Germans had worked in London prior to the war, so they were able to sing in English. (The British even sang God Save the King to the Germans.)In some locations, the truce lasted throughout the following day, until the troops were rotated out. Then the fighting began again, in earnest. The Christmas Truce is a beautiful story of the triumph of human nature over war. A great book about it to read is Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce, by Stanley Weintraub.

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During World War I at Christmas time in 1941, soldiers who had been fighting bitterly against each other, called a temporary truce so that they might celebrate the Christmas holidays together and in peace. They shared songs, holiday greetings and small gifts of exchange. They shook hands and communicated. Some leaders were not amused, however, and the Christmas truce was short lived.

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Both sides stopped fighting and celebrated Christmas, then they went back to fighting.

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When did Christmas truce happen?

Christmas truce happened in 1914.


Where was the Christmas truce in ww1 located?

Along the Western Front in 1914


Why did the Christmas truce start?

It is generally believed that the Christmas Truce began among enlisted men who, in the first year of the war, were less battle-hardened and more inured to civilian life than they would be later. You can learn more about the truce here: http://weird.answers.com/facts/the-christmas-truce-of-1914-a-strange-but-heartwarming-moment


What was the Breakfast truce?

In World War 1, there was an unofficial "truce" between the two sides on the western front, to let each other eat their breakfast in peace. This led to the Christmas Truce of 1914.


What sport did the troops play together in the land between the enemy trenchs?

Football, during the Christmas Truce in 1914


When did the ceasefire happen in World War 1 when the British and Germans played a football match?

This occurred in the "Christmas Truce" in 1914.


What is the Christmas truce?

The Christmas Truce of 1914 is where both fighting sides of the army put down their arms and walked out into No Man's land exclaiming 'Merry Christmas' in their enemies native tongues. No fighting was to take place that day. The only time in WW| such an event was to take place.


What happened 1914 Christmas?

The Christmas Truce of WWI happened on Christmas 1914. British, German, and some French troops met in "no man's land" to sing Christmas carols together, exchange seasonal greetings and gifts, attend joint burial ceremonies, and play football.


Did the Christmas truce have an effect on the war?

The Christmas Truce occurred in Europe in 1914 during World War I. The truce hostilities were lessened and there was in some cases direct person-to-person contact between the armed forces including gift exchanges.


What country and city did World War 1 the Christmas truce take place?

The original truce happened between the German and English front in Belgium, Ypres. Then it happened again in Ypres 1915(First one 1914) and in and around Champagne, France. Hope this Helps.


What happened on December 25th 1914?

World War I - Legendary/unofficial "Christmas Truce" takes place (Brits and Germans). Both sides stopped fighting, declared a truce and spent Christmas day playing football and having fun. However the next day (after becoming friends and having a laugh)they killed each other and the war carried on.


Why was there peace on December in 1914?

There was not. There was a temporary truce in a very restricted area.