Day: December 13, 2016

The Unexpected Story of the Christmas Truce of 1914

It is true that on December 7, 1914, Pope Benedict XV suggested a temporary hiatus of the war for the celebration of Christmas. The warring countries refused to create any official cease-fire, but on Christmas the soldiers in the trenches declared their own unofficial truce. During World War I, on and around Christmas Day 1914, …

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