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Thursday, December 04, 2014

"A regular soldiers' peace!"

On the 7th of December, in 1914, Pope Benedict XV asked "that the guns may fall silent at least upon the night the angels sang." His plea for a Christmas truce fell on the deaf ears of European governments' officials. However, the ordinary soldier, on both sides, took it upon themselves to call a truce. It was described by British Captain Robert Patrick Miles as "a regular soldiers' peace!"

The Library of Congress has a page on the Christmas Truce, which has links to newspaper articles of the period (the quote by Captain Miles was found in the The Tacoma Times). Click here.

As we are heading into the Christmas season, and as this is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, I thought this would be a good time to highlight several books and films that cover the cessation of fighting that became known as the Christmas Truce, 1914.

One of the books on the carousel is from John McCutcheon, and is based upon a song he recorded in 1984, "Christmas in the Trenches." The song provides the soundtrack this film:

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