The pause in fighting was not universally observed, nor had it been sanctioned by commanders on either side, but, along some two-thirds of the mile km front controlled by the British Expeditionary Forcethe guns fell silent for a short time.
It is the evening of 24 December and you are on the dreaded Western Front. Stooped over, you wade across to the firing step and take over the watch. Having exchanged pleasantries, your bleary-eyed and mud-spattered colleague shuffles off towards his dug out. Despite the horrors and the hardships, your morale is high and you believe that in the New Year the nation's army march towards a glorious victory.
But for now you stamp your feet in a vain attempt to keep warm. All is quiet when jovial voices call out from both friendly and enemy trenches.
Then the men from both sides start singing carols and songs. Next come requests not to fire, and soon the unthinkable happens: Many have exchanged cigarettes, the lit ends of which burn brightly in the inky darkness.
Plucking up your courage, you haul yourself up and out of the trench and walk towards the foe The meeting of enemies as friends in no-man's land was experienced by hundreds, if not thousands, of men on the Western Front during Christmas Today, 90 years after it occurred, the event is seen as a shining episode of sanity from among the bloody chapters of World War One - a spontaneous effort by the lower ranks to create a peace that could have blossomed were it not for the interference of generals and politicians.
The reality of the Christmas Truce, however, is a slightly less romantic and a more down to earth story. It was an organic affair that in some spots hardly registered a mention and in others left a profound impact upon those who took part.
Many accounts were rushed, confused or contradictory. Others, written long after the event, are weighed down by hindsight. These difficulties aside, the true story is still striking precisely because of its rag-tagged nature: Months beforehand, millions of servicemen, reservists and volunteers from all over the continent had rushed enthusiastically to the banners of war: Armies equipped with repeating rifles, machine guns and a vast array of artillery tore chunks out of each other, and thousands upon thousands of men perished.
To protect against the threat of this vast firepower, the soldiers were ordered to dig in and prepare for next year's offensives, which most men believed would break the deadlock and deliver victory. The early trenches were often hasty creations and poorly constructed; if the trench was badly sighted it could become a sniping hot spot.
In bad weather the winter of was a dire one the positions could flood and fall in.Christmas Truce - The Western Front, December by Seaton, Shirley Paperback See more like this SPONSORED The Christmas Truce by Duffy, Carol Ann Book The Fast Free Shipping.
Dec 10, · An American soldier and a Belgian woman fall in love during a brief holiday truce amid the Battle of the Bulge. When fighting resumes, they promise to reunite on the first Christmas after the war ends if they're both alive/10(). Claim: German and British front-line soldiers sang carols, exchanged gifts, and played soccer during a World War I Christmas regardbouddhiste.com Claim: German and British front-line soldiers sang carols, exchanged gifts, and played soccer during a World War I Christmas regardbouddhiste.com While it lasted, though, the truce was magical, leading even the sober Wall Street Journal to observe: “What appears from the winter fog and misery is a Christmas story, a fine Christmas story.
The Christmas Truce of is often celebrated as a symbolic moment of peace in an otherwise devastatingly violent war. We may like to believe that for just one day, all across the front, men.