posted on Dec, 22 2005 @ 12:45 PM
I was watching "Mail Call" this morning on THC and old Sgt. Ermey put on a segment about the fabled Christmas Truce on the Western Front in December
1914. It struck me that the opposing soldiers in the trenches thought enough about giving proper burial to their war dead that they struck up a truce
on Christmas Eve 1914 in order to clear and bury the dead from the 'No Man's Land' between them.
I did a little searching around and found a film being released about the event. "Joyeux Noel" (yes, its French), revisits the the story of this
miraculous truce in the midst of trench warfare, the exchanges that ensued, and the soccer game played amongst recent bitter rivals with a partially
According to some accounts, following the truce some units had to be transferred to other areas of the front because they refused to engage in further
hostilities with their newfound friends.
Hearing and reading about this story gives me hope for the future of our current conflicts. Of course, the powers that be in 1914 couldn't allow the
truce to continue, and several years of horrible bloodshed followed, with nothing ever really being decided. Have we become any more enlightened
about the nature of and motivation for extended conflict since then?
Christmas tale from long ago rekindles hopes for peace