The Christmas Truce
The Christmas Truce was a period of peace when the First World War was basically put on pause. The Truce consisted of a series of small agreements between enemies. The initial reason for the Truce was because of the Germans. On Christmas Eve, 1914 the Christmas Truce was started by the German soldiers and their singing of Christmas carols. The Germans met up with the British on No Man’s Land and talked about Christmas and decided to get in the Christmas spirit. After the British and Germans, the French and Belgian troops met up. Pretty soon, many other soldiers joined in the celebration and sang along and some even communicated with enemy lines. The Truce was a peaceful time that was very much needed, everyone needed a break. The fighting was silenced from Christmas until New Year’s Day in some areas.
Soldiers were sick of living in the trenches. They were uncomfortable and didn’t like going through the same routine of always worrying. Everyone was tired of fighting and Christmas was a great time to stop for awhile. The soldiers realized that they were very much alike and they even played a game of soccer in the middle of No Man’s Land. Family members of the soldiers sent packages of warm clothes, letters, etc. The fighting was stopped on Christmas and people were exchanging gifts, tobacco and pictures. Soldiers were sharing their traditions with one another and they tried to make the best of what they had. Some men lit candles and decorated the small trees that were lined along the trenches as Christmas trees.
There were a series of small agreements throughout the trenches. It was just a matter of saying “we won’t fire if you won’t fire…” for everyone to stop fighting and celebrate Christmas. In time, the soldiers laid down their weapons and willingly met on No Man’s Land. While the soldiers wished each other a Merry Christmas, they started talking as if they’d known each other for years. Not all of the communication was...