Christmas 1914

Started by: Mac (inactive)

Nothing shows the spirit of Christmas like the 1914 Christmas truce, which saw many soldiers from both sides enter no man's land, where they exchanged food, souvenirs held burial ceremonies, sang carols and even had games of football.

Christmas 1914-no man's land

God bless them all.

Started: 24th Dec 2012 at 18:47
Last edited by Mac: 24th Dec 2012 at 18:48:09

Posted by: erontquay (inactive)

beautifull and touching song. Merry Christmas to our lads who are apart from their families at this time.

Replied: 24th Dec 2012 at 19:19

Posted by: elizabeth (5439) 


Replied: 25th Dec 2012 at 11:00

Posted by: lizziedownunder (7069) 

Elizabeth you said it for me

Replied: 27th Dec 2012 at 19:07

Posted by: upthetims (6540)

Didn't go down well with the war mongering General Staffs on both sides

Oops,I forgot,those bastards never spent time in a trench

Replied: 2nd Jan 2013 at 15:47
Last edited by upthetims: 3rd Jan 2013 at 03:43:49

Posted by: Mac (inactive)

Very true, UTT...

Bruce Bairnsfather, who served throughout the war, wrote: "I wouldn't have missed that unique and weird Christmas Day for anything. ... I spotted a German officer, some sort of lieutenant I should think, and being a bit of a collector, I intimated to him that I had taken a fancy to some of his buttons. ... I brought out my wire clippers and, with a few deft snips, removed a couple of his buttons and put them in my pocket. I then gave him two of mine in exchange. ... The last I saw was one of my machine gunners, who was a bit of an amateur hairdresser in civil life, cutting the unnaturally long hair of a docile Boche, who was patiently kneeling on the ground whilst the automatic clippers crept up the back of his neck."

General Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien, commander of the British II Corps, was irate when he heard what was happening, and issued strict orders forbidding friendly communication with the opposing German troops.[8] Adolf Hitler, then a young corporal of the 16th Bavarian Reserve Infantry, was also an opponent of the truce.

Replied: 2nd Jan 2013 at 16:00

Posted by: upthetims (6540)

Things never change,mac

Replied: 3rd Jan 2013 at 03:45


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