The Importance Of The Christmas Truce Of 1914

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Lieutenant Geoffrey Heinekey, new to the 2nd Queen's Westminster Rifles, wrote to his mother, “A most extraordinary thing happened. . . . Some Germans came out and held up their hands and began to take in some of their wounded and so we ourselves immediately got out of our trenches and began bringing in our wounded also. The Germans then beckoned to us and a lot of us went over and talked to them and they helped us to bury our dead. This lasted the whole morning and I talked to several of them and I must say they seemed extraordinarily fine men. . . . It seemed too ironical for words. There, the night before we had been having a terrific battle and the morning after, there we were smoking their cigarettes and they smoking ours." This quote coming from the Mises Institute of Austrian Economics, Freedom, and Peace, shows exactly how extraordinary the Christmas Truce of 1914 truly was. On the morning of December 24, 1914, in the battlefield near Ypres, Belgium, a truce took place. This truce, which at the time was quite controversial, was between the British, French, and the Germans, and has become the essence of humanity prevailing over hate. The Christmas Truce of 1914 is the best example to date of conflict and compromise. It has shown us that regardless of who your enemy is, you can have compassion for them as you would for a friend.…show more content…
(Christmas Truce) Some soldiers from the German side brought cigars and alcohol to share with the British as they celebrated Christmas. It was not a completely happy affair however, some soldiers took the truce as a chance to collect the bodies of their fellow combatants. (Christmas

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