[Colorized] During WWI on Christmas Eve, the sounds of rifles firing and shells exploding began to fade away as soldiers began to declare their own unofficial truce. The country’s participating in the war refused to create any sort of official cease fire, so the soldiers took it into their own hands. Starting on Christmas Eve, British and German troops sang Christmas carols to each other across the lines. On Christmas Day, German soldiers began to emerge from their trenches and approach Allied lines across no-man’s-land, calling out “Merry Christmas” in their enemy’s native tongues. At first the Allied soldiers feared it was a trick, but seeing the German soldiers unarmed, they also began to emerge from their trenches and began shaking hands with German soldiers and even exchanging gifts like cigarettes and plum pudding. This Christmas Truce was unfortunately the last of it’s kind. Future cease fire attempts were stopped by officers with threats of disciplinary action.
found @ 5320 likes ON 2019-02-07 00:56:00 BY ME.ME