Photo: British and German soldiers exchange cigarettes, gifts, and addresses during Christmas Truce, 1914

Christmas truce :: a series of widespread unofficial ceasefires that took place along the Western Front around Christmas 1914, during the World War I. Through the week leading up to Christmas, parties of German and British soldiers began to exchange seasonal greetings and songs between their trenches; on occasion, the tension was reduced to the point that individuals would walk across to talk to their opposite numbers bearing gifts.

A US army chaplain and a young German POW, 1918

This is why I am a History major. Did you know: Red Cross nurses wrote down the last words of soldiers in WWI?

The Christmas Truce of 1914.

German soldier saying goodbye

2 brothers randomly meet during WWII... neither knew if the other was still alive.

A German soldier at the Battle of Stalingrad, 1942.

A disillusioned German soldier, 1944-45 (b/w photo)

Audie Murphey Most decorated soldier of WWII and most decorated U.S. Soldier in history.

World War II German Soldiers

The Soviet poet Jewgeni Dolmatowski carrying his trophy—the cast head of Adolf Hitler, Berlin 2 May 1945

The moment a German soldier is hit by enemy fire, Ukraine, c. 1943

WW2 German boy soldier in tears....the sadness of war

American soldiers on Omaha Beach recover the dead after D-Day 1944 by Walter Rosenblum

Edith Louisa Cavell (1865 – 1915) was a British nurse. She is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers from both sides without distinction and in helping some 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium during World War I, for which she was arrested. She was subsequently court-martialled, found guilty of treason and sentenced to death. Despite international pressure for mercy, she was executed by a German firing squad.

The only known photograph of an African American Union soldier with his family. c1863-65.

German soldiers who froze to death, winter 1941. The German Army was ill prepared for the harsh Russian winter. Almost half as many Germans were killed by the winter elements as by enemy bullets.

WW! US poster: "This WWI fund raising poster shows a girl feeding a wounded soldier and reads, "Food for France." The poster was produced in 1918 by New York's W.F. Powers Co."

WW2 - German army motorcyclist