Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Silient Night

HIT PLAY ON THE FIRST VIDEO BEFORE READING PLEASE This is my favorite song whoever sings it.



The truce began on Christmas Eve, 24 December 1914, when German troops began decorating the area around their trenches in the region of Ypres, Belgium, for Christmas. They began by placing candles on trees, then continued the celebration by singing Christmas carols, most notably Stille Nacht (Silent Night). The British troops in the trenches across from them responded by singing English carols.

The two sides continued by shouting Christmas greetings to each other. Soon thereafter, there were calls for visits across the "No Man's Land" where small gifts were exchanged — whisky, jam, cigars, chocolate, and the like. The soldiers exchanged gifts, sometimes addresses, and drank together. The artillery in the region fell silent that night. The truce also allowed a breathing spell where recently-fallen soldiers could be brought back behind their lines by burial parties. Proper burials took place as soldiers from both sides mourned the dead together and paid their respects.

The truce spread to other areas of the lines, and there are many stories of football matches between the opposing forces.

In many sectors, the truce lasted through Christmas night, but in some areas, it continued until New Year's Day.



10 comments:

Ray's Cowboy said...

This is one song. Just of what one song can do, What we as a world can do. It Is one of my favorite ones as well.

Hope Everyone enjoys it.
Hugs
Ray

Ps I do hope that The troops who are fighting for us comes home safe and sound.

SickoRicko said...

Nice post Ray.

O!Daddie now at http://smokeyandme.typepad.com/ said...

This made me cry... all I want for Xmas is PEACE ON EARTH !!

Stan said...

War. What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing!

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Anonymous said...

Awesome,,, brings a tear to my eye ! God bless these special men. These brave are why we can live in freedom !!! Jared

Anonymous said...

merry christmas dear ray! how very "touching". LOL!

Ur-spo said...

lovely; thank you!

Anonymous said...

are you off out tonight ray! or are you seeing angels. LOL!

Xersex said...

truly I didn't know that. Thanks!!!