Christmas truce called in World War I a century ago

Germans, British exchanged goods, well-wishes in no-man’s land

The First World War shocked the world with its brutality and casualties. But for a brief time at Christmas 1914, enemies became warm friends. Over a century ago this month, men of opposing armies in Flanders called a truce during the first Christmas of the war that has become the stuff of legend. While many of the stories of the cease-fire have been embellished with time, the truce stands in contrast to the horrific warfare that ravaged Europe.

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