Posted by: Lister | December 25, 2007

The Christmas Truce

“Both sides advanced further during one Christmas piss-up than they did in the next two-and-a half years of war.” — Captain Blackadder.

I used to think this was a myth, but all the evidence indicates that it actually happened.

Dec 24th, 1914, the British and Germans got together to exchange gifts and play football. (3-2 to the Germans — somethings are easy to believe!) They also buried some of the dead they had not been able to reach, reading a passage from the bible in a joint ceremony.

Nothing illustrates the political realities of war more than this quote from wiki:

In all of the following years of the war, artillery bombardments were ordered on Christmas Eve to ensure that there were no further lulls in the combat. Troops were also rotated through various sectors of the front to prevent them from becoming overly familiar with the enemy. Despite those measures, there were a few friendly encounters between enemy soldiers, but on a much smaller scale than the previous year.

And, in case you can’t see the message, I repeat it in joke form:

A squad of American soldiers was patrolling the Iraqi border, when they came across a badly mangled dead body. As they got closer, they found it was an Iraqi soldier.

A short distance up the road, they found a badly mangled American soldier in a ditch on the other side of the road, struggling to breathe. They ran to him, cradled his bruised head and asked him what had happened.

“Well,” he whispered, “I was walking down this road, armed to the teeth when I came across this heavily armed Iraqi border guard. I looked him right in the eye and shouted, ‘Saddam Hussein is a moronic, deceitful, lying piece of trash!'”

“He looked me right in the eye and shouted back, ‘George W. Bush is a moronic, deceitful, lying piece of trash too!'”

“We were standing there shaking hands when the truck hit us.”

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