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The Christmas Truce In The Trenches Of WWI: December 24, 1914

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December 25, 2010: Wikipedia And YouTube / The Tonka Report (TTR) – December 25, 2010

Watch the video below! – SJH

The Christmas truce was a series of widespread unofficial ceasefires that took place along the Western Front around Christmas of 1914, during the First World War.

Through the week leading up to Christmas, parties of German and British soldiers began to exchange seasonal greetings and songs between their trenches; on occasion, the tension was reduced to the point that individuals would walk across to talk to their opposite numbers bearing gifts.

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, many soldiers from both sides – as well as, to a lesser degree, from French units – independently ventured into no man’s land, where they mingled, exchanging food and souvenirs. As well as joint burial ceremonies, several meetings ended in carol-singing, or – famously – games of football.

The truce is seen as a symbolic moment of peace and humanity amidst one of the most violent events of modern history. It was not ubiquitous, however; in some regions of the front, fighting continued throughout the day, whilst in others, little more than an arrangement to recover bodies was made.

The following year, a few units again arranged ceasefires with their opponents over Christmas, but to nothing like the widespread extent seen in 1914; this was, in part, due to strongly worded orders from the high commands of both sides prohibiting such fraternisation.

The truces were not unique to the Christmas period, and reflected a growing mood of “live and let live“, where infantry units in close proximity to each other would stop overtly aggressive behaviour, and often engage in small-scale fraternisation, engaging in conversation or bartering for cigarettes.

In some sectors there would be occasional ceasefires to go between the lines and recover wounded or dead soldiers, whilst in others there would be a tacit agreement not to shoot while men rested, exercised, or worked in full view of the enemy.

However, the Christmas truces were particularly significant due to the number of men involved and the level of their participation – even in very peaceful sectors, dozens of men openly congregating in daylight was remarkable… (Read more below)

Christmas In The Trenches: December 24, 1914 – Stunning Image Collage And Ballad!

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: This is an incredible historical video of the WWI Christmas Truce in 1914 that is accompanied by an absolutely beautiful folk ballad telling the story. Listen to the lyrics! A must see… 

With that said, what this illustrates is that it is not the people who start the wars. It is the elite, the royalty, the bankers, and the industrialists who profit from the massacre of millions fomented through deception… – SJH

Link to Wikipedia source below…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_truce

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