Christmas in the Trenches, 1914: in the midst of one of the most vile wars ever to occur, there is a Christmas Day to treasure. The Germans seemed to make the first move, delivering a chocolate cake to the British line on the evening of December 24th, accompanied by a note proposing a ceasefire so that the Germans could have a concert. The British accepted the proposal and offered tobacco as their present to the Germans.
Over ninety years ago during World War I, British and German soldiers put down their weapons, walked out into the desolation of No-Man’s Land and shook hands. This was the Christmas cease fire of 1914. In a moment unique to the First World War, troops were given a moment of respite from the horrors of the war when soldiers exchanged gifts, looked at each others’ family photographs and played friendly games of football with the enemy.