Centenary Anniversary: 'Christmas Truce'

Date of Event: 25 December 2014
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The so called 'Christmas Truce' of December 1914, saw informal truces break out sporadically between opposing troops on the Western Front.

The ceasefires occurred mainly between British and German troops, but also included some French forces.

Leading up to Christmas Day, the occasional singing of Christmas carols would be exchanged between enemy troops, until it reached the point where visits to enemy trenches and the exchanging of gifts between 'enemy' soldiers occurred.

One of the most iconic aspects of the truce, emphasised in moral, social and cultural readings of the conflict, was the football game staged between British and German troops.

Those who partook in the truce, particularly those with more senior ranks, were reprimanded by officials on both sides.

Posted by: Daniel Barry, Centenary News

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