Merry Christmas to One and All
Peace and Earth and Goodwill to All Men. To celebrate this joyous day, we bring you a clip from one of the best (fictionalised) films about the famous Christmas Truce on the Western Front in December 1914.
What was the bloodiest war ever at that time in human history, was well under way. However on that Christmas Eve, numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal, and unauthorised, truce where the various front-line soldiers of the conflict peacefully met each other in No Man's Land to share a precious pause in the carnage with a fleeting brotherhood.
This film dramatises one such section as the French, Scottish and German sides partake in the unique event, even though they are aware that their superiors will not tolerate its occurrence. It is a fictionalised account of an actual event that took place in December 1914 when Wilhelm, German Crown Prince, sent the lead singer of the Berlin Imperial Opera company on a solo visit to the front line. Singing by the tenor, Walter Kirchhoff, to the 120th and 124th Württemberg regiments led French soldiers in their trenches to stand up and applaud.
Have a wonderful and peaceful day!