The 1914 Christmas Truce

The 1914 Christmas Truce

In the foul and freezing trenches of the Western Front at Christmas 1914, an extraordinary thing happened. Triggered by the singing of Christmas carols among troops on both sides, soldiers emerged from their trenches and met in No Man’s Land. Cigarettes and sweets were exchanged, and souvenirs were swapped as the troops strolled about, fraternised and even played football.

It was a partial truce, however. In most parts of the line, the fighting went on as normal, and the troops there scornfully denied that there had ever been a truce. But some West Lothian men were eyewitnesses to the truce and described it in letters home to their families.

To read these accounts, open the PDF document below.

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Soldiers playing football
Soldiers playing football (War Illustrated magazine)