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The Christmas Truce, December 24th 1914

In early January 1915 and with conflict raging in Europe, The Illustrated London News carried the following cover depicting a moving scene in which a German soldier, in a brave gesture of peace, approaches British troops with a little, lit tree on Christmas Eve.

The London Illustrated News, January 9th 1915

Drawn by an artist on the frontline, the image was accompanied by the following caption:

On some sections of the battle-front the Germans decorated their trenches with Christmas-trees and paper lanterns, and invited our troops to stop shooting and come over to smoke and have a palaver. With one accord a truce for the night was arranged, and the compliments of the season were passed with much enthusiasm between friend and foe.

The cessation of hostilities continued all the next day. Both sides fraternised and spent a Happy Christmas.”

Another image from the same issue depicted German and British troops swapping headgear and enjoying a good laugh and smoke together:

German and British troops together, Christmas 1914

German and British troops together, Christmas 1914

Although it may sound tenuous of me to say, these are stories and images which I can relate to.

As a London Cabbie, I have the pleasure of meeting passengers from all over the world; people from a vast array of creeds, races and backgrounds…. and the one thing which always shines through is humanity; the ability of most people, no matter where they’re from, to display friendliness, a polite nature and a good sense of humour.

 Peace to you all & a very merry Christmas

 

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6 responses

  1. Blessings and Merry Christmas to you and yours. I’d be glad to send the pdf of this book across the pond. http://snowfar4.wix.com/1914-christmas-truce#!price-list/c1zru

  2. And Peace and goodwill to you !

    1. Thanks guys 🙂 Merry Christmas to you all.

  3. Merry Christmas to you too, and may you enjoy double fares for as long as you can get them!
    This event was well documented in a very nice little film, ‘Joyeux Noel.’ If you have never seen it, here’s a link. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0424205/
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Many thanks, Pete. I didn’t know about that film, will have to track it down. Have a wonderful Christmas.

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