Christmas Truce of 1914

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  1. shodan

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    Some one else put a post on this topic off-season, but I could not find it.

    Here's an excerpt from my book, as it was described by two English soldiers:



    ...And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of
    the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
    “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good
    will toward men.”
    The Gospel of St. Luke

    It was still freezing hard on Christmas Eve …
    [under] bright moonlight …
    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 … What sort of lantern was
    it? I did not think much about it; it was part of
    the strange unreality of the silent night, of the silence
    of the moon, now turning a brownish yellow,
    of the silence of the frost mist …

    … from the German parapet, a rich baritone
    voice begun to sing a song I remembered from
    my nurse Minne singing it to me after my evening
    tub before bed. She had been maid to my
    German grandmother …… Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht! Tranquil Night!
    Holy Night! The grave and tender voice rose out
    of the frozen mist, it was all so strange....

    The wonder remained in the low golden light of a
    white-rimmed Christmas morning. I could hardly
    realise it; but my chronic, hopeless longing to
    be home was gone.--Private Henry Williamson,
    London Rifle Brigade

    This wonder burst forth on Christmas Eve, 1914, for
    a lad who had just turned nineteen. Here, the fields
    in France had been transformed into No Man's Land.
    But in that moment, this was now all men's land.

    Private Frederick Heath, somewhere else along those
    400 and some miles of the Western Front, also described
    it:
    The night closed in early – the ghostly shadows
    that haunt the trenches came to keep us company
    as we stood to arms....


    With overcoat thick with wet mud, hands
    cracked and sore with the frost, I leaned against
    the side of the trench …

    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!”

    The night wore on to dawn –
    a night made easier by songs from the German
    trenches, the pipings of piccolos and from our
    broad lines laughter and Christmas carols. Not a
    shot was fired …

    The truce of God had been called, and the rest
    of Christmas Day was filled with peace and goodwill.”
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  2. billwald

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    Old Catholic tradition! "Christian" wars were suspended on Sunday and Church holidays.
     
  3. Crabtownboy

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    It would be wonderful if war was suspended forever!
     
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