The Christmas Truce in “No-Man’s Land” on the Western Front – 25 and 26 December, 1914

Posted on December 25th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

A letter about the Christmas Truce of 1914, written by a subaltern at the Front

We found this wonderful newspaper report – based on a subaltern’s letter – in the Archive about the impromptu Christmas Truce of 1914.

newspaper image of the pixies getting ready for Santa Claus

Western Daily Press – Wednesday 06 January 1915

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5 Responses to “The Christmas Truce in “No-Man’s Land” on the Western Front – 25 and 26 December, 1914”

Nic MaennlingDecember 18th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

What a touching story. A similar one was told to me by my Father back in the 1950s. It is very difficult to get ones head around such a concept. How very sad.

Shirley MorseDecember 19th, 2013 at 10:36 am

A beautiful article that really emphasises the futility of war. We would all rather live in harmony with one another so why do we let our politicians push us into conflict after conflict?

John BoakDecember 19th, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Reading this The Great War Christmas Truce of 1914 centered around burying the dead of both sides, but it also brought out the basic instinct within every human being at this time of year, that is peace and love…In retrospect what price all those lives lost in the following years on both sides for the sake of freedom…?

David PickettDecember 20th, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Imagine the consequences of the 1914 Christmas Truce spreading along the entire frontline, it might even have lead to the end of the Great War.

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