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WW1 Christmas armistise (sp?)
    #2198178 - 12/23/03 06:13 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

I've heard several times that on a certain Christmas day during the middle of WW1,German and English soldiers put down their weapons and celebrated Christmas together in the middle of no man's land. I caught the last few minutes of a program about this on the History Channel last night. It almost made me cry like a little bitch-it was so beautiful.

I've heard a couple different versions. One were they just stopped fighting by mutual agreement and another where a German soldier crossed no man's land with a Christmas tree and both sides got drunk and danced together.

Do any history buffs know anything about this?


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Re: WW1 Christmas armistise (sp?) [Re: monoamine]
    #2198364 - 12/23/03 07:47 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

Neal Bush, Pres. GWBush's great uncles second cousin, was there and made both sides continue fighting!

(note, I have no proof of this, but within 36 hours it will perpetrate the internet with alot of anti-bushers toutingit, and if alot of they harp about it, it'll become truth!)


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Re: WW1 Christmas armistise (sp?) [Re: enimatpyrt]
    #2198383 - 12/23/03 07:57 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

lol * 10^7


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Re: WW1 Christmas armistise (sp?) [Re: monoamine]
    #2198386 - 12/23/03 07:58 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

it happened all along the front lines in 1914,much to the dismay of the high command on both sides,the british ended the situation by shelling the unarmed soldiers who were still in no-mans land.


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Re: WW1 Christmas armistise (sp?) [Re: Hanky]
    #2198420 - 12/23/03 08:19 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

The thing I have to wonder about, after a night of comraderie, did they just get back into the trenches the next day and kill the fuck out of each other? Thats some fucked upidness. I'd say most likely they called a truce and stayed within their own camp, each being assured that noone was going to kill them. The hugging and drinking together sounds a bit too Hollywood for me...


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Re: WW1 Christmas armistise (sp?) [Re: enimatpyrt]
    #2198461 - 12/23/03 08:53 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

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enimatpyrt said:
The thing I have to wonder about, after a night of comraderie, did they just get back into the trenches the next day and kill the fuck out of each other? Thats some fucked upidness. I'd say most likely they called a truce and stayed within their own camp, each being assured that noone was going to kill them. The hugging and drinking together sounds a bit too Hollywood for me...




the 1914 christmas armistace is well documented,belive what you like but do some research first.


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Re: WW1 Christmas armistise (sp?) [Re: Hanky]
    #2198484 - 12/23/03 09:09 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

I just saw some photos of what are clearly German and British soldiers shaking hands and dancing. I tried to bookmark the site,but it didn't work and I don't keep a history.


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Re: WW1 Christmas armistise (sp?) [Re: monoamine]
    #2198512 - 12/23/03 09:28 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

the documentry you saw was 'The Christmas Truce'
cant give you any more info,but serching for that should get you results.


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Re: WW1 Christmas armistise (sp?) [Re: monoamine]
    #2198576 - 12/23/03 10:17 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

I just read a book about Vimy Ridge (one of the defining moments in Canadian history). It mentioned several such "holiday armistice" events.

In each of them, it was the soldiers who took it upon themselves to call a cease-fire and celebrate like civilized humans. In each case, the High-Command cut short the festivities and told the soldiers to get back to work killing eachother.

The thing was that the individual soldiers really had no beef with the individual soldiers of the other side. They all felt repressed and probably did not trust their commanders all the way (at Vimy, German soldiers were told NOT to surrender because the Canadians were violent savages who would torture them...in the battle of Vimy droves of Germans threw down their weapons and walked over to the Canadian lines - they knew their commanders were lying).


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