Christmas truce called in WWI a Century ago


December 20, 2023

The First World War shocked the world with its brutality and casualties. But for a brief time at Christmas 1914, enemies became warm friends.

Over a century ago this month, men of opposing armies in Flanders called a truce during the first Christmas of the war that has become the stuff of legend. While many of the stories of the cease-fire have been embellished with time, the truce stands in contrast to the horrific warfare that ravaged Europe.

“In some cases, the men posed for photographs wearing each other’s hats,” said Doran Cart, senior curator of the National World War I Museum in Kansas...

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