Friday, December 17, 2010

"Christmas Truces Continued Throughout the War"

"Opposing troops putting aside their differences in 1914 to share Christmas carols and exchange gifts is one of the most enduring images of World War One," and "new evidence... suggests that festive ceasefires continued to take place throughout the war but were often downplayed in official war records" — New evidence of First World War Christmas truces uncovered.

(From last year, Johnny Cash narrating the story — Collin Raye Sings "It Could Happen Again".)

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Blogger Francis Xavier said...

Perhaps this explains why America's military-industrial complex has come to look so favorably on wars with Muslim enemies.

9:29 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I did think that thought pondering Collin Raye's title. No, it couldn't happen again, because we're no longer fighting fellow Christians.

10:04 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Wolfe said...

World War I was where battlefield civility died. I don't think there were any Christmas truces during World War II.

4:24 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I guess WWI pretty much ended European Civilization.

7:04 PM  

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