"The Christmas Truce - Historical Fact" Europe Favorite Tip by Elodie_Caroline
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On Christmas day 1914, five months into the first world war, a truce was held between the British and German soldiers on the Western front.
It started with the British soldiers hearing Christmas carols, such as Silent night coming from the German trenches over no mans land. The next morning, Christmas day, German soldiers started walking over towards the British trenches. Apprehensive at first, the British looked on, but they soon realised that everything was ok. The German and British soldiers started talking, shaking hands, posing for photos and even exchanging foods, chocolates and cigarettes, they even ended up having a game of football (which the Germans won).
But the high ups, either side of the war, didn't like this new found friendship, they knew that the men wouldn't want to fight each other again if they got too friendly, they wanted the soldiers to get back into the fighting.
So an English person, called Archibald, shot one of the German soldiers in no mans land, and finished the silent truce.
The English always like to pretend that they are such gentlemen in war, this just goes to show that they aren't. What a dispicable thing to do, the war would have ended up being fought again at sometime anyway.
Such is the way of life and men.
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