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The Christmas Truce


During the first Christmas of World War I, British and German soldiers laid down their weapons and celebrated the holiday together. They sang carols, traded insignia and buried their dead. How did the truce start, and why didn't it happen again?

Photograph of soldiers playing football in No-Man's Land during the Christmas Truce. Dated 1914. (Photo by Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

Topics in this Podcast: wwi, World War I, European history, Christmas, 20th century