Christmas Truce, 1914


On Christmas Day, 1914, the Seattle Star reported on the Christmas Truce.  While a truce was more likely to take place on lines where the British were fighting the Germans, the Star’s reports came from the lines between the Germans and French.  The paper reported that in some cases, German soldiers were swapping their beer ration for the quarter bottle of champagne provided to each French soldier.

As might be expected, the truce was more popular with enlisted men and perhaps junior officers.  Senior officers took a much dimmer view, and their were stern warnings the next year against fraternization.

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