|The lines of the infamous Western Front of WWI|
Five months after the start of World War I, a spontaneous truce crept into the enemy trenches along the Western Front. It was a brief cease fire that lasted about 24 hours and was filled with the singing of Christmas carols. This was Christmas Eve, 1914.
To see a truce break out amidst this death land, a truce that was not created by any government but one that was created by the soldiers in those trenches, is a truly extraordinary thing.
|Photo: Lt. Cyril Drummond (Imperial War Museums, London)|
|In the trenches (LLT.org)|
One book that discusses such circumstances during World War I is Trench Warfare, 1914-1918: The Live and Let Live System (Ashworth).
Another good resource about the Christmas Truce is Long, Long Trail (LLT.org) which presents a detailed chronology of the truce and the events that lead up to it (starting from Dec. 5, 1918) as well as after (through December 31). This resource also can tell you which British regiments were there and the names of the soldiers.
Here is a video documenting the Christmas Eve Truce (video by PBS.org):