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#1 14 years ago

[color=red]It all started w/ the Germans trying to ruin Allied Moral, but blossomed into a too short-lived truce.

www.historychannel.comWWI began in August 1914, and by December all thoughts of quick victory had faded. Fighting was most fierce in a thin strip of land called the Western Front. A system of trenches separated Allies from Germans, with the area in between known as No Man's Land. On Christmas Eve, an astonishing event began--up and down the Western Front, Allied and German soldiers met peacefully in No Man's Land.[...]

In a particular spot on the western front, a make-shift soccer (foot) ball was made out of a bad, and a game of soccer (football) game was played between the German and Allied soldiers.

These soldiers had been trying to kill each other for the past four months, but now found they had much in common.

Gifts were even exchanged this Christmas Eve- the soldiers traded their rations (the Allied soldiers were quite found of German Cigars).

And then, a truce was called for Christmas day, so that they could bury the bodies of the fallen, both allied and German soldiers took part in the ceremonies- each side helped the other to bury their fallen companions.

I just saw this on the History Channel and even though I had seen it before, it was still the only haliday-realated thing to bring a smile to my face this whole holiday season. To think that these men could go from trying to kill each other to singing Christmas Carols and playing soccer (football).

I only wish that this kind of thing would happen everywhere, and that the joy it brought to those involved would last longer than a few days.

The big guys up top didn’t see this truce as good soldiering, the men in these groups were transferred out of the area-the war went on when it should have ended.

This world needs some holiday spirit and goodwell twards men.[/color]




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#2 14 years ago

:bows:




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#3 14 years ago

i think ive heard of that before cort... nice one, makes me happy it does :)




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#4 14 years ago

This shows that even in times of terrible conflict there is hope for peace and understanding.




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#5 14 years ago
'Dreadnought[DK']This shows that even in times of terrible conflict there is hope for peace and understanding.

[color=red] yeah, now if only this would happen everywhere...

and aeg, you probably have heard the story befor, if you watch the History Channel around x-mas :d[/color]




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#6 14 years ago

yea thats a cool story. it sux that the ppl higher up thought it was bad.




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#7 14 years ago

CorToSiSRoSE[color=red] .

and aeg, you probably have heard the story befor, if you watch the History Channel around x-mas :d[/color]

[glow=2] i dont have the history channel, only the most of the time lame discovery channel :'( [/glow]




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#8 14 years ago

Ah, the traditional WW1 Truce festive story... I wonder if that could still happen in a similar situation?




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#9 14 years ago

I doubt it Matt. Before kickoff they would all be blown to hell by a SMART missile sent by the top notch, watching on spy satelite..




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#10 14 years ago

Hmm, probably would. I wonder what happened to everyone in less than a century to change so much...




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