Christmas Hero's of the Day, 1914

Discussion in 'Hero and Jerk of the Day' started by drimportracing, Dec 25, 2009.

  1. drimportracing

    drimportracing Pizza driver: 61,000+ deliveries

  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Dale:

    ___That as an interesting vid with a short history and the truce of 1914. I did not follow it up beyond that vid but did the entire Western Front go into a “Guns are Silent” mode for the rest of the day?

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
  3. Yaris Hilton

    Yaris Hilton Half a Bubble Off Plumb

    No, but there were truces scattered around. The generals on both sides were very angry about them.
     
  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Yaris Hilton:

    ___Thanks for the additional info!

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
  5. drimportracing

    drimportracing Pizza driver: 61,000+ deliveries

    I found this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_truce

    excerpt: In December 1915, “When the Christmas bells sounded in the villages of the Vosges behind the lines ..... something fantastically unmilitary occurred. German and French troops spontaneously made peace and ceased hostilities; they visited each other through disused trench tunnels, and exchanged wine, cognac and cigarettes for Westphalian black bread, biscuits and ham. This suited them so well that they remained good friends even after Christmas was over.” From an account by Richard Schirrmann, who was in a German regiment holding a position on the Bernhardstein, one of the mountains of the Vosges, and separated from the French troops by a narrow no-man’s-land, described by him as “strewn with shattered trees, the ground ploughed up by shellfire, a wilderness of earth, tree-roots and tattered uniforms.” Military discipline was soon restored, but Schirrmann pondered over the incident, and whether “thoughtful young people of all countries could be provided with suitable meeting places where they could get to know each other.” He went on to found the German Youth Hostel Association in 1919.

    - Dale
     

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