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Christmas Eve Football Match 1914 Map

Christmas Eve Football Match 1914 Map

christmas eve football match 1914 map


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We were relieved by D Company the next night and went to billets at Laventie. They told us they were fed up with the war, and would be pleased when it was over. At this time, both sides' rations were brought up to the front line after dusk, and soldiers on both sides noted a period of peace while they collected their food.[8] By 1 December, a British soldier could record a friendly visit from a German sergeant one morning "to see how we were getting on".[9] Relations between French and German units were generally more tense, but the same phenomenon began to emerge. I would be very pleased if you would allow me a space in your valuable paper to let you know how we are going on at the front. All were immaculately dressed without a speck of mud on them, mostly in fur lined coats. The German soldiers themselves are probably simple-minded enough about the thing but only time will show whether there is not something behind all this and whether we have not made a mistake in permitting this to take place. The Germans illuminated their trenches and lit some big fires behind them. 198 ^ Cazals (2005), p. He then said, My orders are the same as yours, but could we not have atruce from shooting today? We dont want toshoot, do you? I said, No, we certainly dont want toshoot, but I have my orders to obey.


He said Theres Germans coming over to our trenches and our people going over to the Germans, and I have shaken hands with a German. Both sides saw the lull in fighting as a chance to find the bodies of their comrades and give them a decent burial. One British soldier played the mouth organ of a German comrade, some danced around, whilst others took great pride in trying on the German helmets. 18th Infantry Brigade: with the exception of one battalion which was already there, the brigade moved from reserve into the trenches late on Christmas Day. 4th Division (III Corps, Douve St Yves Le Gheer sector). Dont believe all the letters you see about playing football in the trenches and shaking hands with the Germans. Message to brigade at 8.30pm: Germans have illuminated their trenches, are singing songs and are wishing us a Happy Xmas. Private 6618 Thomas Goodwin of the Northumberland Fusiliers had a letter published in the Staffordshire Sentinel on 6 January 1915. As to other matters.


I am telling you this but dont speak of it to anyone. We got out [for our relief] without a shot being fired. The battalion diary for December does not appear to exist, but there is an extract from the private diary of Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Steavenson, who in December 1914 was a Major. Further down the line we were able to make arrangements to bury the dead who had been killed on December 18-19 and were still lying between the trenches. He went out with this paper, met some German officers, and discovered a certain amount. Not a shot had been fired yet. 1st Royal Berkshire Regiment: the battalion moved into the trenches east and north east of Givenchy.


1/16th London Regiment (Queens Westminster Rifles): the battalion returned to the trenches near Houplines on 23 December, finding conditions worse than ever. *Transcript of German letter: You asked us yesterday to temporarily suspend hostilities and to become friends during Christmas. This is some regiment! The senior people are sahibs to the marrow the 2nd in command Major Roberts was blown over arse over tip out of the 2nd storey window of a farm last week but is now back again with a black patch over one eye. Niemann pointed out inconsistencies in Jacksons account and the latter was reluctant to be filmed. They dont snipe at us and we dont snipe at them, but the Prussians who are on our right are sniping pretty constantly. Annual re-enactments[edit]. Orders to relieve the KRRC in the trenches, starting at 1pm, so had our Xmas dinner at noon. It relieved the 2nd Royal Welsh Fusiliers (19th Infantry Brigade) in the afternoon of Boxing Day, taking over the line near Frlinghien, with its left on the River Lys. ee1f8b9cc0

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