100 Years Ago: Christmas Truce

The Intelligencer February 13, 1915 (page 4)

“Most Extraordinary Christmas on Record with Fighting Men Fraternizing Between the Trenches. London. Feb. 12. …  ‘We are having the most extraordinary Christmas day imaginable, …  A sort of unarranged and quite unauthorized but perfectly understood and scrupulously observed truce exists between us and our friends in front. A regular soldiers’ peace.

The thing started last night soon after dusk when the Germans started ‘Merry Christmas, Englishmen’, to us. Of course, our fellows shouted back, and presently large numbers of both sides had left their trenches unarmed, and met in the debatable, shot-riddled, no-man’s land between the lines …  one could see dim shapes wandering about or standing round in groups, English and Germans, where it would have been death to have shown a whisker an hour or so before.

The men were all fraternizing in the middle (we naturally did not allow them too close to our line) and swopped cigarettes and lies in the utmost good fellowship. Not a shot was fired all night.”