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There are conflicting stories about the details of the Christmas Truce of 1914 during World War One.

By some accounts, this was just one of many informal local truces that occurred during the early years of the war.

The Christmas Truce (German: Weihnachtsfrieden; French: Trêve de Noël) was a series of widespread, but unofficial ceasefires along the Western Front of World War I around Christmas 1914.

The Christmas truce occurred during the relatively early period of the war. Hostilities had entered somewhat of a lull as leadership on both sides reconsidered their strategies following the stalemate of the Race to the Sea and the indecisive result of the First Battle of Ypres (leper). In the week leading up to the 25th, French, German, and British soldiers crossed trenches to exchange seasonal greetings and talk. In some areas, men from both sides ventured into no man's land on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to mingle and exchange food and souvenirs. There were joint burial ceremonies and prisoner swaps, while several meetings ended in carol-singing. Men played games of football with one another, giving one of the most memorable images of the truce. Peaceful behavior was not ubiquitous; fighting continued in some sectors, while in others, the sides settled on little more than arrangements to recover the many bodies that littered the battlefield.

Future nature writer Henry Williamson, then a nineteen-year-old private in the London Rifle Brigade, wrote to his mother on Boxing Day:

Dear Mother, I am writing from the trenches. It is 11 o'clock in the morning. Beside me is a coke fire, opposite me a 'dug-out' with straw in it. The ground is sloppy in the actual trench, but frozen elsewhere. In my mouth is a pipe presented by the Princess Mary. In the pipe is tobacco. Of course, you say. But wait. In the pipe is German tobacco. Ha ha, you say, from a prisoner or found in a captured trench. Oh dear, no! From a German soldier. Yes - a live German soldier from his own trench. Yesterday the British & Germans met & shook hands in the Ground between the trenches, & exchanged souvenirs. Yes, all day Xmas day, & as I write. Marvelous, isn't it?

After the new year, in some sectors, soldiers had to be reassigned to other units because their enthusiasm for killing their new friends 100 yards away had waned significantly.

Sadly - it was the leadership that issued strongly worded orders - with the high commands both prohibiting future truces.

It makes me wonder that if men from two nations engaged in open warfare can find a way to share the Christmas Spirit - even for a few days - can we as a world people hope to see more of this type of behavior among ourselves and our political leadership?

This year’s Christmas message was going to be focused on our founder and friend, Ron Chaney, who passed away in November - but as he was soldier - we think he would have liked this one more…

Merry Christmas from the CLGT Family

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