Cease Fire of 1914- Did You Know?

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On Christmas in 1914, in the midst of World War 1 in Europe, a cease fire took place between the British and German troops in honor of the holiday. It began late on Christmas Eve with some soldiers singing Christmas carols across the lines. Everyone soon stopped shooting, and some soldiers even exchanged small gifts with their enemies. Many people took this opportunity to bury their dead friends and pay their respects, something too dangerous to do in battle. The truce lasted through Christmas day, and, in a few places, kept going until close to New Years. A few such cease fires have occurred since then, but none on the scale of this one.

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