A Christmas truce by Nikki Kimbell

It was pitch black in the trenches. I looked up but there was not a single star in the sky. I could feel the flakes of snow falling on my bitterly cold hands. Unusually, I could not hear anything: The guns had stopped firing. From behind me, I could smell stale food. It certainly wasn’t like my Grandma’s homemade sausage. This was not the best way to spend Christmas Eve. I thought about my mum back in Germany but I had not heard anything from her for the past month. I hoped she was okay. As I thought that, I felt lonely...

The loneliness cut like the bayonet I carried, bearing down on me heavily.

Moments later, we heard voices singing with soft voices from the other side of no-man’s-land.

On the edge of the bunker, I saw a lonely Robin. He silently gazed back, before fluttering gently over the edge and out of sight. With trepidation, I climbed out the trench and shakily raised my hands. Slowly, I began to walk. All around me I could hear indistinguishable shouts in a foreign tongue. I closed my eyes. Upon opening them I saw an awe-inspiring sight; The Germans walked towards me. We met.

"Merry Christmas,” he whispered whimsically.

I looked into his eyes. He seemed as sad as me so I decided to do something. Back in Germany, when I was a child, we went to Church and joyfully sang Christmas carols on Christmas Eve.

“Stille Nacht. Heil'ge Nacht,” I began to sing.

“Alles schläft; einsam wacht,” my friends joined in.

Moments later, we heard voices singing softly from the other side of no-man’s-land.

“All is calm, all is bright,” was being sung from the English trenches.

Together, across the battleground, we all sang on Christmas night. For a few minutes, in the trenches of France, I started forgetting about the war and instead began thinking happily about Christmas

Credits:

Created with images by pedrosimoes7 - "VW Beetle"

Made with Adobe Slate

Make your words and images move.

Get Slate

Report Abuse

If you feel that this video content violates the Adobe Terms of Use, you may report this content by filling out this quick form.

To report a Copyright Violation, please follow Section 17 in the Terms of Use.