Christmas Truce. IDK how well-known this is but I just heard about it. they even played a football game. the germans won
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#34 - beerholder ONLINE (12/10/2012) [-]
they even played a football game. the germans won
User avatar #176 to #34 - jonajon (12/10/2012) [-]
there was no score kept. it was just a kick about. either side could have won
#205 to #34 - benjah (12/10/2012) [-]
There was more than one match, dude. It was all along the trenches, they stretched for hundreds of miles. Maybe the Germans won more games, but still.
Also, in some places the truce lasted until New Years, in others they were shooting each other later that evening. Sad times, yo.
#209 to #34 - iamsodavelikedude (12/10/2012) [-]
Silvester Stalone can only approve.
#36 to #34 - comradewinter ONLINE (12/10/2012) [-]
Can't say the same for the war.
#255 to #36 - cshp (12/10/2012) [-]
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#32 - brasilient (12/10/2012) [-]
Great movie
#122 - Ulmer (12/10/2012) [-]
Also, on the last day of WW1, German soldiers were told to fight to the last minute, the last man before the treaty was signed. An hour before the treaty was signed, an American troop raided a German trench. Oddly enough, they weren't being shot at. When they got into the trench, they found all the Germans sitting around smoking and playing cards, and the German machine gunner told the Americans in broken English that they didn't want to kill anymore, that it wasn't worth it.
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#94 - needlessfoal (12/10/2012) [-]
Theres a french movie named Joyeux Noël about this, its actually really good
#202 - grimmwaters (12/10/2012) [-]
#185 - triggathepirate (12/10/2012) [-]
And then some cunt loaded a bomb into a box.
And then some cunt loaded a bomb into a box.
#83 - beerterror (12/10/2012) [-]
I say that WW I was the last of the "old time" wars. There was something like soldier honor, like actions described in the content, even Russians were fighting the civilized way. I don't say that the war is good, but what happened in the '39 changed everything. In the first time in history we (people) actually felt that we could die. Everyone. Every minute. Bombing of Dresden, concentration camps, nuclear bombs, bombing of Tokyo, western divisions of Red Army sent directly to Siberia to death for seeing the Americans... Even if there still were human parts of this war, they were so clouded by the general bestiality, that it turned into the world's greatest trauma.

And it's history made me sure, that people's minds, despite all the philosophy, all the religious ethics, all the knowledge, haven't changed at all since we came down the trees.
#107 to #83 - anon (12/10/2012) [-]
User avatar #178 to #83 - giblets (12/10/2012) [-]
The main thing about WW1 is that the technologies that gave people the ability to kill so ruthlessly in WW2 was still in development in WW1, so when it was used in the field it would cause more pain and damage but not kill them as easily.
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User avatar #243 to #83 - bluedwarf (12/10/2012) [-]
When you can, could you tell me a bit more about that russian suicide command?
User avatar #279 to #243 - beerterror (12/11/2012) [-]
First - listen to Waterboys - "Red Army Blues". Next - I don't want to be rude or unhelpful, but it would best, if you search it yourself, it's most reliable.
I can tell however, that Stalin feared that divisions who met Americans would spread the word about how people are living in the West in Russia, wich would cause unrest among the extremely poor society. So he sent them immediately to Gulag.
User avatar #282 to #279 - bluedwarf (12/11/2012) [-]
That will do it for me, thanks mate.
User avatar #104 to #83 - Kaii (12/10/2012) [-]
Well, my teacher told me he'd seen ledgers and letters that said that the soldiers (at least the British) thought the war would have been well over by the end of 1914, hence why some areas of the trenches they sung carols and played football when Christmas arrived. As comment #80 says, a lot of people still died that day regardless, and lots of both British and German soldiers did attempt to peer into the "enemy's" trenches, but no-one really found anything out that was important.
#120 to #83 - hairydickfarts (12/10/2012) [-]
thats deep
thats deep
#137 to #83 - ushuaia (12/10/2012) [-]
People who thumb you down know nothing about WWI and like to believe anything
THE TURKISH(Ottoman Empire) KILLED OVER 1 MILLION PEOPLE, and not in a nice way, they made them work to death, walk deserts with no food
Most of the soldiers died of starvation, cold, and deseases and little ones died from bullets. All the new technology was in use, and ordinary people didn't know what the **** was going on

WWI, has to be one of the most terribles wars of all time, and no one was being civilized. Germans murders innocents french, because they could be in the resistence, even the children and the women

User avatar #281 to #137 - beerterror (12/11/2012) [-]
I think you meant people who thumbed me up :)
As I explained to one of the fellows down the comments, I was being romantically incorrect after reading adventurous literature and drinking bourbon, so please forgive me. And I know about the Armenian Genocide, one could say that during WW I every unfinished business from the past, even middleages came up.
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User avatar #280 to #114 - beerterror (12/11/2012) [-]
I just let go of my romantic, nostalgic(?) side, I was reading some adventurous literature beforehand while drinking some bourbon so, you know... I am well aware that son or grandson of Genghis-Khan ordered to kill every person in Baghdad, and atrocities committed during crusades, the Reconquista, in both Americas were something terrible. Forget it, I was being historically incorrect.
#179 - InglushMayjur (12/10/2012) [-]
Not everyone agreed with the truce though. There was one young soldier who claimed that "Such a thing should not happen in wartime." His name was Adolf Hitler.

Thanks for being a buzzkill, Hitler!
User avatar #190 to #179 - threeeighteen (12/10/2012) [-]
What do you mean? At one time he was in charge of the only party in Germany, that's got to count for something.
#189 to #179 - daftknight (12/10/2012) [-]
Hitler was "Commanding Chief of the Buzz Killington Brigade" from around 1910 - 1946. That why he was killing all the jews. They had loads of money but wouldn't spend it on a good buzz for him to kill. Selfish jews.
Hitler was "Commanding Chief of the Buzz Killington Brigade" from around 1910 - 1946. That why he was killing all the jews. They had loads of money but wouldn't spend it on a good buzz for him to kill. Selfish jews.
User avatar #191 to #189 - threeeighteen (12/10/2012) [-]
User avatar #201 to #191 - daftknight (12/10/2012) [-]
They forced him to tender his resignation in '46, on grounds of not being allowed to publicly fake your death and continue leading. It was a long court battle, but the jury of buzzkill elders decided although keeping perfectly with the creed of the Buzz Killingtons Brigade it wasn't a viable or efficient leadership.

He works behind the scenes now. The Euro currency was Hitlers work. Germany (well known capital of the Buzz Killington Brigade) Couldn't conquer europe with force so he devised a way to do it economically instead
User avatar #203 to #201 - threeeighteen (12/10/2012) [-]
Can't argue with that.
#116 - stiffbeefyone (12/10/2012) [-]
What if it was a trap, gone wrong....
#17 - Bloodgartham (12/10/2012) [-]
And then they forgot that and started killing eachother. War logic.
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#151 to #17 - anon (12/10/2012) [-]
That didn't happen. They maintain the ceasefire throughout that section of the line. In the end one of the sides was moved to a different station.
#152 to #17 - daylo (12/10/2012) [-]
That didn't happen though. They maintained their personal ceasefire. Until one of the sides was moved to a different station.
#277 to #152 - Bloodgartham (12/11/2012) [-]
I didn't say they attacked eachoher mid camp, I said after "wohooo" it was all on again.
User avatar #75 to #17 - krizzah (12/10/2012) [-]
War.. War never changes.
User avatar #95 to #75 - youngassassin (12/10/2012) [-]
thumb for you my good man
User avatar #57 to #17 - bothemastaofall (12/10/2012) [-]
Actually, because of this the soldiers didn't want to go back to war the next day. It was only after the co's threatned death and imprisonment that the soldiers followed their orders.
#278 to #57 - Bloodgartham (12/11/2012) [-]
Yet they still killed eachother.
#207 to #57 - benjah (12/10/2012) [-]
Not always. Some officers allowed the truce to last about a week.
User avatar #156 - tikledpikle (12/10/2012) [-]

The German soldiers and ourselves have called a truce for Christmas day. We've exchanged gifts of food and fags. We've even begun a game of futbol with them in no mans land. I've become very well acquainted with one german soldier. We have similar interest's and even have two daughters of the same age. I'm hoping that this will end the war and allow us to return home.


The truce is over and the war has commenced again. Our generals heard of our christmas festivities and have become furious. They have ordered us to re engage the german soldiers. Today we go back through no mans land, but not as friends. We are enemies once again.
#138 - aerosol (12/10/2012) [-]
You know, I think I'd actually rather be killed by someone who's company I've come to enjoy rather than some faceless stranger. It's like that scene from Return of the King where they mention dying while "fighting side by side with a friend". Idk, maybe I'm just weird.
User avatar #143 to #138 - heartlessrobot (12/10/2012) [-]
I'd rather not get to know the man I'm about to kill.
User avatar #149 to #143 - flamingpinkbunnies (12/10/2012) [-]
Yeah, imagine knowing all about his wife and kids back home and then, oops- gotta shoot you now. Sorry.

That'd be awful.
User avatar #181 to #149 - ddemiddon (12/10/2012) [-]
that reminds me of an American Civil War movie I saw, a soldier from the north walked across a river to talk to a friend who was a confederate soldier. It was a sad movie and I think a guy's head might have been removed with a bouncing cannonball but I don't remember
User avatar #161 to #143 - aerosol (12/10/2012) [-]
I would want to get to know them because it might be my only chance to, figuratively speaking, ask for forgiveness(as crazy as it sounds...).
User avatar #164 to #161 - aerosol (12/10/2012) [-]
To reference another movie, it would something like The Last Samurai, but in less time.
#91 - ultimatepowah (12/10/2012) [-]
What are you doing
You should be fighting
User avatar #106 - kerryman (12/10/2012) [-]
Also a number of french soldiers who didn't understand what was happening decided to surrender.
#128 to #106 - anon (12/10/2012) [-]
You good sir, deserve more thumbs
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#262 - motposters (12/10/2012) [-]
"An eyewitness account of one truce, by Llewelyn Wyn Griffith, recorded that after a night of exchanging carols, dawn on Christmas Day saw a "rush of men from both sides ... [and] a feverish exchange of souvenirs" before the men were quickly called back by their officers, with offers to hold a ceasefire for the day and to play a football match. It came to nothing, as the brigade commander threatened repercussions for the lack of discipline, and insisted on a resumption of firing in the afternoon."
#267 to #262 - motposters (12/11/2012) [-]
"...there's a battalion in this war that won't fight on one side. So I'm making it roam to the trench, my dear. I'll psyche them up there, then I'll bring them back here. "
"...there's a battalion in this war that won't fight on one side. So I'm making it roam to the trench, my dear. I'll psyche them up there, then I'll bring them back here. "
#103 - anon (12/10/2012) [-]
wait... wasn't there mines and barded wires in no mans land?
User avatar #159 to #103 - enforcedno (12/10/2012) [-]
you've obviously never been extreme caroling before
#112 to #103 - caseris (12/10/2012) [-]
not like the soldiers gave a crap.
#118 to #117 - caseris (12/10/2012) [-]
let's go back to the subject world war 1... Russian...
User avatar #119 to #118 - aerosol (12/10/2012) [-]
I just wanted to post that pic. It cracks me up.
#141 to #117 - benttoyourwill (12/10/2012) [-]
How the **** is he going to shoot that thing with no trigger?
User avatar #184 to #141 - ilovehitler (12/10/2012) [-]
With Russian.
#25 - Jowi (12/10/2012) [-]
They famously played football as well before the generals heard what was happeningand ordered No-man's Land to be shelled.
#16 - sittingwhale (12/10/2012) [-]
Joyeux Noël is a french made movie about this event OP
#27 to #16 - dexterwho (12/10/2012) [-]
I recommend it to everyone
I recommend it to everyone
#41 to #27 - anon (12/10/2012) [-]
Well, I don't... it suffers heavily from the 'Armed-summer-camp' syndrome that I feel a lot of movies suffer from when they try to make a feel-good movie about war.

So if you want a war movie, DON'T watch Joyeux Noël. If you want a feel-good movie about soldiers chilling and having fun, do go watch it.

(Also, just for record, it's actually a French-German-Belgian-English-Romanian co-production, I've no idea how the gypsies got into the deal... ******* gypsies.)
User avatar #237 - mctittyboy (12/10/2012) [-]
>be in world war I 1914
>there's a unofficial cease fire
> we start giving the bad guys gifts
>that bitch got vintage pokemon cards
>kill him, get cards
>I win at holidays
#175 - shmedly (12/10/2012) [-]
and then the next day it was back to this
and then the next day it was back to this
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