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19th December 2011

Christmas Truce

This picture (© IWM (HU 35801)) shows Irish and German soldiers standing together in no-man's land (the area between the two armies) on Boxing day 1914. During the "Christmas Truce", soldiers on both sides stopped fighting and spent time singing Christmas carols, playing football and talking to each other. Many were surprised to find that the men on the other side were just like them, and found that they liked their enemies, but once Christmas was over they went back to fighting each other. Do you think the Christmas Truce was important? Could modern conflicts be resolved more easily if troops on the ground (who don't usually make the decision to go to war) had more chances to talk to each other?
Christmas Truce Boxing day 1914
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