was just after Christmas morning and the German troops stopped firing their guns
and started singing Christmas carols. Reports from troops along the western and
eastern fronts even said they could hear brass bands playing alongside the German
soldiers were then seen climbing out of their trenches, shouting Merry Christmas
to the enemy. At first the allies believed it was a trick, but when they saw the
men were unarmed they joined in.
were stories of exchanged gifts and even a game of football (soccer) was played
between the two opposing sides.
war was young. WW1 had broken out only five months earlier. By Christmas 1915
such a truce was unthinkable as the death tolls rose dramatically.