GERMANtroops held Christmas trees up out of the trenches with signs, “MERRY CHRISTMAS.” “You no shoot, we no shoot.”
(Photo) Together, a German and a British Military Officer fraternizing on the open battlefield.
On CHRISTMAS DAY, 1914, in the first year of World War I, German, British, and French soldiers DISOBEYED their superiors and FRATERNIZED with the “enemy” along two-thirds of the Western Front.
THOUSANDS of troops streamed across a no-man’s land strewn with rotting corpses.They sang Christmas carols together — exchanged photographs of loved ones back home — shared rations — played football and even roasted some pigs.
Soldiers embraced men they had been trying to kill a few short hours before. Theyagreed to warn each other if the top brass forced them to fire their weapons, and to aim high.
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