Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve 1914

Soldiers from both sides exchange cheerful conversation

Had he and I but met

By some old ancient inn,

We should have sat us down to wet

Right many a nipperkin!"

But ranged as infantry,

And staring face to face,

I shot at him as he at me,

And killed him in his place.

Thomas Hardy

On Christmas Eve 1914 the British and Germans declared a truce and traded cigars, candy, and even had a football match during the horrendous trench war of WWI.

You can catch up at Wikipedia:

A powerful discussion of WWI is heard in Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History series Blue print for Armageddon (52)


If you prefer the documentary:

And for background on WWI:

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