The Christmas Truce of 1914

The now-famous Christmas truce of 1914 took place at Flanders field on Christmas Eve.

British, German, and French troops were in their respective trenches when some German soldiers began to sing “Stille Nacht.” Before long, all the soldiers came out into no man’s land to sing carols together and even exchange souvenirs and chocolates.

There are two interesting aspects of this story:

  • The power of the music seems to have relaxed the tension of the war.
  • Their coming together had a permanent effect on them; they were no longer willing to shoot at each other!

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