Christmas Truce 1914 By: Paige Wilkinson

On the week before Christmas in 1914 along the Western Front of World War 1, French, German and British soldiers traveled across the trenches to talk about things other than the war. This is known as the Christmas Truce. In some areas of the Western Front men from both sides went into no mans land to exchange gifts of food and souvenirs on Christmas Eve and through Christmas day. They even played soccer with one another. After Christmas they returned to fighting but the Christmas Truce was a thing that the men would never forget.

It began with singing. The Germans began to sing Christmas carols and the British heard the songs as the sound traveled through the trenches. They started shouting messages back and forth. This is how the truce began. After this they continued to be friendly with each other the next day or two.

On Christmas Day German and British soldiers went into no mans land. They took photographs, played football, and exchanged gifts. Some gifts they might have given or received were, cigarettes, liquor, food, buttons and hats. They also took time to recover and buried bodies of there soldiers that died in no mans land.

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