Christmas Truce 1914

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  1. shodan

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    "...After a timeless dream I saw what looked like
    a large white light on top of a pale … It was a
    strange sort of light …We saw dim figures on
    the enemy parapet, about more lights; and with
    amazement saw that a Christmas tree was being
    set there...… from the German parapet, a rich baritone
    voice begun to sing...”

    Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht! Tranquil Night!
    Holy Night! The grave and tender voice rose out
    of the frozen mist, it was all so strange...
    Private Henry Williamson,
    London Rifle Brigade

    The night closed in early – the ghostly shadows
    that haunt the trenches came to keep us company
    as we stood to arms. Under a pale moon, one
    could just see the grave-like rise of ground which
    marked the German trenches...

    The soldiers' Christmas
    Eve had come at last, and it was hardly the time
    or place to feel grateful for it....

    I had hardly spoken
    when light after light sprang up along the German
    front. Then quite near our dug-outs, so near
    as to make me start and clutch my rifle, I heard a
    voice, there was no mistaking that voice with its
    guttural ring. With ears strained, I listened, and
    then, all down our line of trenches there came to
    our ears a greeting unique in war: “English soldier,
    English
    soldier, a merry Christmas, a merry
    Christmas!”
    Private Frederick Heath

    from Oh Holy Night: The Peace of 1914
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