The Christmas Truce of 1914: Peace and Good Will


“About 6 o’clock things went positively dead; there was not a sound… The road along there is honestly, as a rule, rather infested with bullets: it seemed so strange to walk along it and never hear a whisper of one.”

“Even out here there is a time of peace and good will… Last night a select band of officers and men sang carols to them and they did ditto.”

“The most extraordinary scenes took place between the trenches.”

“The signing and playing continued all night…”

“What a time? ‘Peace on earth, goodwill toward men.’ It is hardly to be believed, but nevertheless it is quite true that such was the case this Christmas.”

On Christmas Eve, 1914, Germans and English alike threw down their arms to begin a spontaneous, yet far reaching, 48 hour truce. Being pushed by politicians and “high command” through muddy trenches and rotting bodies, the privates of both armies were ready to shake hands with their fellow Christians on the other side.  Read more on Landmarks of Liberty

E. Wesley – Mackinac Center Intern

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