The Christmas Truce
This is a discussion on The Christmas Truce within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; I've read several versions of this story. This one I suspect is probably how it happened. I've always liked this story and was reminded again ...
December 24th, 2007 04:44 PM
The Christmas Truce
I've read several versions of this story. This one I suspect is probably how it happened. I've always liked this story and was reminded again of it today on the History Channel. If you are not familiar with the story click below and read. Have yourselves a merry little Christmas and best wishes to you all in the coming year.
December 24th, 2007 04:59 PM
I remember having read about this in school, but the link you provided was a great detailed account. It's an amazing story to contemplate. I don't think today's world could ever host such an event.
Thanks for posting. Merry Christmas.
December 24th, 2007 05:10 PM
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December 24th, 2007 05:23 PM
Excellent history lesson...
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December 24th, 2007 06:23 PM
That was a great article but I doubt that could ever happen today. We must remember that the war at hand in 1914 was between two sides that were both Christian. As a result, they shared the same holiday in Christmas.
Now, a truce on Christmas would be unthinkable as the current war we find ourselves in is between a Christian side (us) and a Moslem side (them) and thus, a truce of a shared holiday is not possible.
December 24th, 2007 06:31 PM
Can you imagine meeting the enemy on friendly terms, probably talking about life back home, family, etc...getting to know that man as a person rather than just "the enemy", knowing you will be trying to end each other's lives the next day?
I think ignorance of the fact that the enemy are people much like ourselves, with families, lives, etc. fighting for what they believe in, makes it easier to fight. I know when I had the .50 cal trained on people with AK's and RPG's on rooftops in Iraq, I did not think of them as people...only "some guy who may try to kill me".
Wasn't there some part in Band of Brothers where the Germans and Americans were in the trenches all singing Silent Night together?
December 24th, 2007 06:33 PM
Worth the time to read. Thanks!
December 24th, 2007 06:39 PM
Combatants were from civilized nations then. Much different from the enemies we face today.
Originally Posted by TN_Mike
December 24th, 2007 07:11 PM
Great story. I had not seen such a detailed account before.
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December 24th, 2007 07:55 PM
Thanks for posting the link. I've actually forgotten about this if I ever knew. If it were a sin, then I would repent. History is something we should never loose sight of.
December 24th, 2007 08:00 PM
Thats a nice story, one of my favorite ones in history... I just skimmed it for now, I'll have to read it once Santa is done wrapping presents.
December 25th, 2007 01:01 PM
Yes. A story of combatants in a bloody war taking a break from killing eachother to participate in some "peace on earth goodwill toward men". Those were different times.
Originally Posted by SIXTO
December 26th, 2007 10:58 AM
I watched that yesterday too. I've always loved that story. There are a few stories of similar situations during the civil war.
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