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Old 12-18-2003, 09:44 AM   #1
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A War-Christmas storry do not open before xmas :)

24. December 1914, Europe Worldwar I, Christmas eve at the westfront.

The British soldiers couldn't believe what they saw. The much hated germans enlighten candles at x-mas trees at their military defense lines and start to sing "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht" and "Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen. While the British men still think what kind of trick that might be one of them shouts "well done, Fritzens" a german soldier replies: "Merry Christmas, Englishmen - We not shoot, you not shoot". And on the 24th eve there was almost no shooting on the westfront.
First single soldiers, then smaller groups get out of their trenches and met in "no mans land".
People who did everything they could to kill each other stoped being rational and found out that the people called "enemy" were nice guys just like them so they started to bury their dead soldiers together, had ceremons and exchanged gift parcels.

Happy x-mas and a happy new year FYMers, i'll meet my family now.

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yes... the germans were very nice at the time. just ask nevil chamberlain
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Old 12-18-2003, 01:05 PM   #3
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It wasn't about Germans or English people, the soldiers from both sides forgot about their nationality at that night and on both sides higher military officials had a hard time to get them to the point again where they continued to kill each other
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There are many stories of humanity breaking out in the midst of the trench warfare. Thank you for sharing Klaus!
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Garth Brooks sings a song about this event.
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yes... the germans were very nice at the time. just ask nevil chamberlain
You should read the story of Thanksgiving then sometime.

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It wasn't about Germans or English people, the soldiers from both sides forgot about their nationality at that night and on both sides higher military officials had a hard time to get them to the point again where they continued to kill each other
Which makes me wonder why, if both sides can stop fighting for the holidays, they can't possibly stop fighting the rest of the year, too.

A very nice story, regardless.

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People who did everything they could to kill each other stoped being rational and found out that the people called "enemy" were nice guys just like them
what my comment was refering to... nice story, sure... nice germans, think not
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Thanks Klaus, cool story. I just wish we could stop all wars, terrorist attacks, etc, etc, the rest of the year.................oh, well.
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Very nice Klaus. Merry Christmas.
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