October Monthly Meeting

Event type:
Meeting
Date:
24th October 2023
Time:
2:00 pm
Venue:
Carterton Community Centre
Organiser:
Maxine Crossland

Guest Speaker: Andrew Hamilton

Subject: The Christmas Truce of 1914

The Christmas truce (German: Weihnachtsfrieden; French: Trêve de NoëlDutchKerstbestand) was a series of widespread unofficial ceasefires along the Western Front of the First World War around Christmas 1914.

The truce occurred five months after hostilities had begun. Lulls occurred in the fighting as armies ran out of men and munitions and commanders reconsidered their strategies following the stalemate of the Race to the Sea and the indecisive result of the First Battle of Ypres. In the week leading up to 25 December, French, German and British soldiers crossed trenches to exchange seasonal greetings and talk. In some areas, men from both sides ventured into no man's land on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to mingle and exchange food and souvenirs.