truce smuce

Every year, this piece of legend gets some mind-space in various media outlets.

The Christmas Truce of 1914.

Bah.  Peanuts and cocker-oil.  If they really wanted to impress me, they could’ve forged a truce for the entire fricking war.

You know… sometime before things turn bitter…

The following year, a few units arranged ceasefires, but the truces were not nearly as widespread as in 1914; this was, in part, due to strongly worded orders from the high commands of both sides prohibiting fraternisation. Soldiers were no longer amenable to truce by 1916. The war had become increasingly bitter after devastating human losses suffered during the battles of the Somme and Verdun, and the incorporation of poison gas.

And… war breaks out during the war.

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