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Old 12-25-2010, 08:18 AM
 
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For those of us who love history and the telling of it, perhaps it's a good time to recall that there was a brief period in history, when to paraphrase poet Matthew Arnold's wonderful words from Dover Beach, "...ignorant armies [ceased to] clash at night." Some say that it never happened, but despite the denials, there was a cessation of hostilities on the British-German sector of the Western Front in 1914 and a brief feeling of good will between the two opposing armies. The following link describes this amazing event:

First World War.com - Feature Articles - The Christmas Truce
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Old 12-25-2010, 12:10 PM
 
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I've read about this truce between the front line troops. Those were the days where men were men and respect/chivalry ruled.
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Old 12-27-2010, 12:36 PM
 
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I have briefly heard that before...thanks for the link.
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Old 12-28-2010, 01:36 PM
 
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Probably one of the last moments of chivalric warfare that had started to die off during the Napoleonic Era. The irony is that the commanders became so fearful that the men would refuse to fight that they had to threaten to shoot their own troops if they continued with the truce. I suppose at some point that the men fighting the new "national war" would begin to realize that the guy on the other side of the trench wasn't all that different from himself, scary proposition for an army commander.
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Old 12-31-2010, 09:33 AM
 
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Everybody learns about that in school over here, great story. As a big admirer of all things German it seems so stupid that two so similar countries whose leaders were cousins of each other fought such a brutal war over so little.
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Old 12-31-2010, 12:54 PM
 
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Probably one of the last moments of chivalric warfare that had started to die off during the Napoleonic Era. The irony is that the commanders became so fearful that the men would refuse to fight that they had to threaten to shoot their own troops if they continued with the truce. I suppose at some point that the men fighting the new "national war" would begin to realize that the guy on the other side of the trench wasn't all that different from himself, scary proposition for an army commander.
The Military Channel or one of the history channels ran this story just before Christmas. The 1914 Christmas Truce: A Plum Pudding Policy Which Might Have Ended The War - History, Life & Style - The Independent This is a letter from Private Frederick W. Heath, it resurfaced after 95 years.
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Old 01-01-2011, 05:19 PM
 
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The Military Channel or one of the history channels ran this story just before Christmas. The 1914 Christmas Truce: A Plum Pudding Policy Which Might Have Ended The War - History, Life & Style - The Independent This is a letter from Private Frederick W. Heath, it resurfaced after 95 years.
Thanks for posting this poignant story. I'm sure the commanding officers of both armies who were safely ensconced far back of the lines weren't amused by this brief show of bonhomie. It must have been a surreal experience.
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Old 01-01-2011, 09:43 PM
 
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I've read about this truce between the front line troops. Those were the days where men were men and respect/chivalry ruled.
I really don't thnik the first world war was nayhting but a time when thousands died in one attempt to do the impossible. Besides i don't see using gas as the age of chivary at all.. Its one of the reason so mnay came back disallusioned'war is not chivaious at all. Its hell as has been stated many times by veterans aftervetran especaialy in the world wars.
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:54 AM
 
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I really don't thnik the first world war was nayhting but a time when thousands died in one attempt to do the impossible.
My grandfather fought in WWI. He, and the men he fought with, thought they were fighting "the war to end all wars". From the stories I've heard he truly believed it was a cause that would spare his offspring from having to go to battle. He was, apparently, devastated that there was a WWII and his had to see his own son go to war.
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Old 01-07-2011, 09:06 AM
 
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There is a film about it :


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaJcSNBh-ok
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