The Christmas Truce

The Christmas Truce

DVD - 2007
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Examines the truce that took place on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1914, along the Western Front. German and British soldiers in Ypres, Belgium, spontaneously ceased hostilities and peacefully celebrated the holiday together. Includes eyewitness accounts, the recorded recollections of those who were there, newspaper stories and military records help document this extraordinary occurrence.
Publisher: [United States] : A&E Television Networks : Distributed by New Video, 2007, c2002
Edition: Full screen ed
ISBN: 9781422900451
Branch Call Number: DVDN 940.414 C464C
DVDN 940.414 C464C
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 50 min.) : sd., col., b&w segments ; 4 3/4 in


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Jun 21, 2015

This is a 2002 documentary produced for "The History Channel."
The Christmas truce was a series of widespread but unofficial ceasefires along the Western Front around Christmas 1914.
Men from both sides ventured into no man's land on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to mingle and exchange food and souvenirs.
There were joint burial ceremonies and prisoner swaps, while several meetings ended in carol-singing.
Men played games of football with one another, giving one of the most enduring images of the truce.
The following years, however, the high commands of both sides prohibiting fraternisation during the holidays.
The war had become increasingly bitter after devastating human losses suffered during the battles of the Somme and Verdun, and the incorporation of poison gas.
Only the high commands want wars, but not the people under the commands.
It is an inspirational documentary.


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