Christmas Truce (1914)


Christmas Truce – 1914 On Christmas Eve 1914 on the Western Front, British soldiers heard German troops in the opposite trenches singing carols. They soon joined in with the singing, and both sides shouted “Merry Christmas” to each other between the trenches. At the first light of dawn on Christmas Day, British and German soldiers met across no-man’s land. At first it was feared by Allied soldiers that it was a trick, but this was diffused when it was clear that the German soldiers were unarmed. Second lieutenant Duggan Chater wrote back home: “I think I have seen one of the most extraordinary sights today that anyone has ever seen. About ten o’clock this morning I was peeping over the parapet when I saw a German waving his arms, and presently two of them got out of their trenches and some came toward ours. We were just going to fire on them when we saw they had no rifles, so one of our own men went out to meet them and in about two minutes the ground between the two lines of trenches was swarming with men and officers of both sides, shaking hands and wishing each other a happy Christmas.” The soldiers who had previously been shooting at each other now shook hands, exchanged gifts of cigarettes and chocolate, buried their dead, and even played a game of football. This ceasefire was not observed everywhere on the Western Front, with fighting continuing elsewhere on Christmas Day. Some officers were unhappy with the truce and worried that it would undermine their soldiers’ fighting spirits. The truce came just five months after the outbreak of war in Europe, and was one of the last times that the outdated notion of chivalry between enemies would be observed. Watch our other videos to learn more. Get your copy of Simple History: World War I, available on Amazon now. you

53 thoughts on “Christmas Truce (1914)”

  1. Just imagine a enemy soldier being nice to you on Christmas day and the next day the same soldier killed you?

  2. It's sad that people can't do things like this during wars anymore this is one of my favorite war stories ever because it truly shows the power of the human heart that despite being exhausted and in pain even people who are trying to kill eachother can come together to celebrate a festive occasion because no matter where you are people are the same and it really breeds a mutual respect

  3. In India, we have chapter in our NCERT syllabus in class 8th
    about The Christmas Truce. It's centered around Captain Jim Macpherson and his wife Mrs. Connie Macpherson.

  4. Chrismas: Hey guy today german and we will be friend!!!

    After Chrismas: KILL THEM ALL!!! THEY NOT FRIENDLY ANYMORE!!!!

  5. One of the most beautiful episodes of History. That should teach us we are all brothers and sisters in this world . God bless those brave men , who courageously got out of their tranches and befriended with their enemies

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