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On Christmas Eve, the gunshots and artillery gradually stopped. The temperature had dropped suddenly the night before, and the mud in the trenches and the ground of No Man's Land were frozen solid, and covered with a thin layer of Christmas snow. Carols sung by first one side and then the other, floated across No Man's Land. Cautiously, men began to emerge from their trenches, and when no shots were fired, walked out toward the enemy lines. Men who had tried to kill each other, instead shook hands, shared gifts from home, and forgot about the war. It was late at night when the men turned back to their own lines, calling goodbye and promising not to fight the next day.
Christmas Day dawned to a thick fog and an eerie silence. Then a voice rang out from the German side, "You no shoot, we no shoot." It was a Christmas no one in either army would ever forget. A Christmas when men made friends with their enemy, instead of shooting them. A Christmas when the soldiers on the front lines defied their commanders, and said, "I will not fight. I will see no one as my enemy."
Originally posted by VictorVonDoom
reply to post by Jeanius
I always think of the Christmas Truce this time of year. What was really notable for me was the fact that the generals had to threaten to shoot their own troops to get them fighting again. It really brings home the point that countries don't really fight wars, just a handful of "leaders." If left to the people, there would be a lot less war.
Originally posted by Skid Mark
I heard about this a long time ago. It's amazing. Didn't something like this happen during the civil war, too?
Originally posted by illece
I remember when i was a child my grandad keeping the family mesmerised with this,grandad was a natural story teller and made what happened back then come to life,the tale went very much like you portrayed what made me nearly cry was when he told us that men on both sides even though they could not understand each others language would proudly show pictures of there family to the so called enemy,share a cigarette then on Christmas day they had a football match,if i remember rightly next day they were back to killing each other,i remember grandad saying with a sad shake of the head ",had things been different we could have been friends "This was about one German who he had got on particularly well with,he finished with" he could have been one of the soldiers i killed later "Once again with a sad head shake
Originally posted by bsbray11
I think there was a Civil War movie, maybe "Gods and Generals" where Confederates and Union soldiers were depicted meeting over a river and trading coffee and tobacco and things. Not sure what it was based on but I'm sure that sort of thing happened here and there; there were definitely much stranger things that happened during that war.