Christmas Truce (1914)
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Christmas Truce (1914)

Also known as the “Wartime Christmas,” this title recalls a time of widespread fraternization on all fronts, especially between German and British soldiers on the Western Front, the so-called “Christmas Truce.”

When the fronts solidified in late fall 1914, all hopes were dashed for that victorious campaign, initially promised by governments and armed forces, which was to have brought the troops “home for Christmas.” Now the soldiers would have to manage Christmas Eve in the trenches. “Love tokens” were sen…

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Jahr, Christoph, “Christmas Truce (1914)”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 29 May 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0125>
First published online: 2015



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