In Remembrance: The Christmas Truce Of 1914  

 

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11/11/2018 7:19 pm  

This is a tribute to all the men who sacrificed their lives in the service of their country.

On Christmas eve & Christmas day in 1914 soldiers from the English & German armies at the front agreed to a ceasefire & emerged from their respective trenches on some parts of the line. They exchanged prisoners, buried their dead, exchanged gifts, played football, sang carols, broke bread & drank together. Despite being enemies, they were also rank & file, that is to say they were all just doing their duty, following orders, a common plight among them all. My favorite recollection is from a British man who was there he said they Jerries serenaded them with O Tannenbaum so it was their duty to retaliate with Silent Night. I tried finding the documentary where he said it but the link is no longer working, there is a link to another documentary below, however I have yet to watch it.

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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 (month 5 of 51). 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. 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 behaviour was not ubiquitous; fighting continued in some sectors, while in others the sides settled on little more than arrangements to recover bodies.

The following year, a few units arranged ceasefires but the truces were not nearly as widespread as in 1914; this was, in part, due to strongly worded orders from the high commands of both sides prohibiting truces. Soldiers were no longer amenable to truce by 1916. The war had become increasingly bitter after devastating human losses suffered during the battles of the Somme and Verdun, and the use of poison gas.

The truces were not unique to the Christmas period, and reflected a mood of "live and let live", where infantry close together would stop overtly aggressive behaviour and often engage in small-scale fraternisation, engaging in conversation or bartering for cigarettes. In some sectors, there would be occasional ceasefires to allow soldiers to go between the lines and recover wounded or dead comrades, while in others, there would be a tacit agreement not to shoot while men rested, exercised or worked in full view of the enemy. The Christmas truces were particularly significant due to the number of men involved and the level of their participation — even in very peaceful sectors, dozens of men openly congregating in daylight was remarkable — and are often seen as a symbolic moment of peace and humanity amidst one of the most violent events of human history.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_truce

 

https://firstworldwar.com/features/christmastruce.htm

 

Many thanks to all those who put their lives on the line so that we may enjoy freedom & liberty. Never forget.


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11/11/2018 7:26 pm  

Great post man! Sadly the German lost the soccer match. It must have been rough to have a short space of peace then go back to shooting guys you were just partying with. 


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11/11/2018 7:46 pm  
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Great post man! Sadly the German lost the soccer match. It must have been rough to have a short space of peace then go back to shooting guys you were just partying with. 

That's the truth, people were not prepared for the carnage that modern warfare entails. That's why WWI was such a bloodbath the armies had to adapt their tactics to the new reality, but it took thousands of bodies being cut down by howitzers and other machine guns before the generals saw fit to adjust their strategies.

Stanley Kubrick made an excellent film called Paths Of Glory where soldiers are ordered to attack a well fortified position which would surely mow them down and they refuse resulting in charges of cowardice.


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11/11/2018 7:55 pm  

I knew exactly what the thread was about, one of the most fascinating stories of "brotherly" willingness to lower weapons and honor trust in mutual agreement, one of mankind's brightest moments if you ask me.

These are the things I like to honor on "memorial day". 

We all know picking up the sword is much easier than lowering it.

The Japanese knew no such thing, only death before dishonor, and that's what made the Pacific theater so costly in human casualties, we even had to burn all their cities with a new fleet of B-29 long range bombers, and as if that wasn't enough, we had to nuke them not only once, but TWICE!

Some cultures need adjustments, but, by the look of things, the generations thereafter were all fucked up, progressively worse! Including home sweet home!         


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12/11/2018 1:06 pm  

The reality of it is we are just men. We have the ability to do so much destruction, but it is more natural to us to build and create. This is a fantastic reminder of that. 

"Remember, you're fighting for this woman's honor, which is probably more than she ever did."
Groucho Marx: Duck Soup (1933)


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12/11/2018 5:09 pm  

Humans are curious by nature and investigate all aspects of their environment.  Culture and society introduce elements of control and domain that lead to destruction.  

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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12/11/2018 5:31 pm  

A great post Gringo.  This is a shining example of men remembering their humanity in an environment that was antithetical to fellowship.  As stated, this was not possible during other holidays due to the lethality and brutality of the war.

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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12/11/2018 10:52 pm  

BIG fan of Paths of Glory. Love how they have to wake the one guy up just to be executed. 


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13/11/2018 2:20 am  

    It takes more courage to walk away from a fight than to engage the opponent.  Why?

Because of the fear of being labeled a coward. 

I was bound to be misunderstood, and I laugh at the idiots who misunderstand me! Kind mockery toward the well-intentioned and unfettered cruelty toward all would-be prison guards of my creative possibilities. In this way I learn to revel as much in misunderstanding as in understanding and take pleasure in worthy opponents. Making language fluid, flowing like a river, yet precise and pointed as a dirk, contradicts the socialistic purpose of language and makes for a wonderful verbal dance—a linguistic martial art with constant parries that hone the weapon that is the two edged sword of my mouth.


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13/11/2018 3:14 am  

It’s sad that we all can’t just act in unity at all times, but instead have to go back to killing each other. This is a really good post, and  I just learned something new that I didn’t know about. After looking back at history, I was amazed at those fucking Japs, and how they almost never surrender, I was amazed to find out, that they didn’t wanna surrender after we nuked them twice, they were almost just gonna keep on fighting, even after the threat to nuke a third city, I think Tokyo was next,  guys are fucking nuts, we were about to nuke them to extinction and they almost where not gonna surrender.

Can you picture that meeting, the Jap soldier walks in the room, and tells the Leader General/President whatever, sir, Hiroshima and Nagasaki just got wiped out by the Americans with 2 nukes, and have threatened to wipe out a third city, maybe we should rethink our war strategy and surrender. No let’s keep fighting  🤣  🤣  🤣 

 

 

#Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. (Revelation 3:3)


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13/11/2018 11:35 am  
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    It takes more courage to walk away from a fight than to engage the opponent.  Why?

Because of the fear of being labeled a coward. 

Not where I'm from! The big fear is getting a brick to the back of the head! 

I'm not concerned with morals, ethics, or stature, I'm only concerned about the brick! 


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13/11/2018 1:37 pm  
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It’s sad that we all can’t just act in unity at all times, but instead have to go back to killing each other. This is a really good post, and  I just learned something new that I didn’t know about. After looking back at history, I was amazed at those fucking Japs, and how they almost never surrender, I was amazed to find out, that they didn’t wanna surrender after we nuked them twice, they were almost just gonna keep on fighting, even after the threat to nuke a third city, I think Tokyo was next,  guys are fucking nuts, we were about to nuke them to extinction and they almost where not gonna surrender.

Can you picture that meeting, the Jap soldier walks in the room, and tells the Leader General/President whatever, sir, Hiroshima and Nagasaki just got wiped out by the Americans with 2 nukes, and have threatened to wipe out a third city, maybe we should rethink our war strategy and surrender. No let’s keep fighting  🤣  🤣  🤣 

 

 

I know Uly will disagree and will make perfectly plausible arguments about why they did.

I still say there was no need to drop them.

They did so because they wanted to.

I am never for civilian casualties. 

"Remember, you're fighting for this woman's honor, which is probably more than she ever did."
Groucho Marx: Duck Soup (1933)


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14/11/2018 1:31 am  
Posted by: Uly The Cunning

I am never for civilian casualties. 

You won't feel that way when it's Civil War! 


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14/11/2018 9:31 am  
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Posted by: Uly The Cunning

I am never for civilian casualties. 

You won't feel that way when it's Civil War! 

If you pick a side and take arms, you lost your civilian status. Even if it is an ice pick, you are now open season.

"Remember, you're fighting for this woman's honor, which is probably more than she ever did."
Groucho Marx: Duck Soup (1933)


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14/11/2018 12:15 pm  

I love that can opener attachment on your bio-suit.  Did you get the upgraded laser pointer?  With both it really makes cooking MRE's easy as Chef Boyardee.    😆 

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As for the Christmas truce, it goes to show how men can come together under any circumstance.  In todays society I cannot see that happening in battle with everything being extremely polarized, thanks to feminism and the global elite pushing for the destruction of men and religion.  

This would NEVER happen with an all female unit.  Ever watch the chaos at black friday events?

Do NOT chase tail. Turn yours around and live FREE!


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14/11/2018 12:32 pm  
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I am never for civilian casualties. 

You won't feel that way when it's Civil War! 

If you pick a side and take arms, you lost your civilian status. Even if it is an ice pick, you are now open season.

 

Oppression is no different than living under the trigger of someone else's gun/

They drew first blood with no redress or remedy, therefore it's the same as picking up a gun and holding it on a civilian.  

So how am I a civilian under oppression?  

The WAR has already begun, but it's a civil cold war, with life, liberty, and happiness being the casualties.

War is war and it's always ugly, no matter the form it takes.

I'm in a fight to stay alive and I did not initiate it, THEY DID!

THEY DREW FIRST BLOOD! CIVILIAN BLOOD! 

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