Joyeux Noёl: The Beginnings of WWI and the Christmas Truce of 1914

F. Roger Devlin


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Editor’s note: Christmas is a special time of year, and over the years TOO has posted some classic articles that bear on the season. This article by F. Roger Devlin was originally posted in December, 2013. It is an important reminder of the disastrous intra-racial wars of the twentieth century—wars that may yet deal a death blow to our people and culture given the processes that they set in motion. 

With the hindsight offered by ninety-nine years, it is obvious that the outbreak of the World War I marked not merely the beginning of the most destructive war in history up to that time, but a fundamental civilizational watershed. While the fighting was going on, nearly all participants assumed they had been forced into the struggle by naked aggression from the other side. It took historians years to unravel what had actually happened.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, the German Army was the best in Europe, capable of defeating any individual rival. Yet Germany had no natural borders, and was vulnerable to a joint attack on two fronts: by France and Britain in the West and the Russian Empire in the East. A German defeat was considered virtually inevitable in such a scenario.

The Franco-Russian alliance of 1894, which became the Triple Entente when Britain joined in 1907, realized Germany’s worst fears.

However, there were important differences between Germany’s Western and Eastern rivals: France and Britain were modern, compact, efficiently-organized countries capable of rapid mobilization, while sprawling Russia with its thinly spread population and economic backwardness was expected to require up to 110 days for full mobilization. Taking advantage of this asymmetry, the German High Command developed the Schlieffen plan: upon the outbreak of hostilities, close to ninety percent of Germany’s effective troops would launch a lightning attack in the West; this campaign was to be completed within forty days, while lumbering Russia was still mobilizing. With the Western powers out of the way, massive troop transfers to the Eastern front were expected to arrive in time for Germany to face down Russia. Speed—of mobilization, of offensive operations, and of troop transfer—was critical to the success of this plan.

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The assassination of the Austro-Hungarian Arch-Duke by a Serb nationalist in June, 1914, is the perfect example of an event which occasioned events which followed, but did not cause them; the men of Europe’s great powers did not slaughter one another for four years over a political assassination in the Balkans. Rather, the assassination occurred in the context of Russian guarantees to Serbia and German guarantees to Austria, which inevitably brought the Triple Entente into play. A diplomatic game of ‘chicken’ ensued, in which no side was willing to be the first to back down.

When Austria declared war on Serbia on July 28th, the Russian Tsar, conscious of his Empire’s military backwardness, ordered a partial mobilization. This action was intended merely as a precaution in case of a war that still seemed unlikely. But for the Germans, with their Schlieffen plan requiring utmost speed, the Tsar’s order had the effect of an electric shock. Germany felt it had to mobilize as well. Russia responded two days later by ordering full mobilization. Germany gave Russia an ultimatum; and the Tsar, unwilling to knuckle under, allowed the deadline to pass. Within hours, everyone was involved in a war that none of the parties had originally wanted or intended.

German historians call such a series of events a Betriebsunfall: a quasi-mechanical accident such as might occur in the machinery of a factory. Men were drawn into the gear work and crushed when no one was able to throw the emergency switch in time. It was a tragedy in the fullest sense of the word—a disaster brought on by well-intentioned but flawed men acting rationally under conditions of imperfect knowledge. The consequences are well-known: ten million dead, twenty-eight million more wounded or missing, Communism established in Russia, the Balfour Declaration setting the stage for today’s ongoing Middle East conflict, and the whole crowned by a shameful ‘peace’ treaty that all but guaranteed a future war of German revenge.

Yet, as we can see from newsreel footage of August 1st, the popular reaction to the outbreak was war fever on a scale not seen since the crusades. Europe had been enjoying forty-three years of peace and unprecedented material prosperity, and the young greeted the war as a romantic adventure.

The planned rapid German advance through the Low Countries into Northeast France was unexpectedly halted  in early September—the “Miracle of the Marne”—foiling the Schlieffen plan. On the 13th, the German Army responded by attempting a flanking action around the French lines; the French then rapidly extended their own defensive lines in what became known as the “race to the sea.” Since neither side could dislodge the other, and neither was willing to retreat, soldiers began digging themselves in to their positions—the beginning of trench warfare. By the time winter set in, the pattern of the next four years had been clearly established: a war of attrition involving trivial advances and retreats across a few acres of mud.

But as Christmas approached that year, something unexpected began unfolding. On the frontline sector south of Ypres, Belgium, German troops began decorating the area around their trenches for Christmas Eve. As Wikipedia describes it:

The Germans began by placing candles on their trenches and on Christmas trees, then continued the celebration by singing Christmas carols. The British responded by singing carols of their own. The two sides continued by shouting Christmas greetings to each other. Soon thereafter, there were excursions across No Man’s Land, where small gifts were exchanged, such as food, tobacco and alcohol, and souvenirs such as buttons and hats. The artillery in the region fell silent. The truce also allowed a breathing spell where recently killed soldiers could be brought back behind their lines by burial parties. Joint [religious] services were held.

The ceasefire spread to other sectors of the front, with as many as 100,000 men eventually participating. In some areas, soccer games between the belligerents replaced combat.

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By December 26th, it was over. The authorities got word of the breakdown in discipline and intervened vigorously.

In 2005, an international consortium from France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Romania produced a film about the Christmas Truce: Joyeux Noёl. The film opens with scenes of children in French, British and German grade schools reciting rhymed curses they had been taught against the opposing side: the British child’s curse calls for the complete extermination of Germans.

The scene switches to Scotland, where an enthusiastic young man, William, rushes into his local Catholic church breathlessly to announce to his younger brother Jonathan that war has been declared; they are to begin basic training in two days. “At last, something’s happening in our lives,” he rejoices. The priest, Fr. Palmer, looks notably less enthusiastic.

At the Berlin Opera, a performance is interrupted by an officer walking on stage to announce that war has been declared. The lead tenor, Sprink, is quickly called up.

In a French trench, Lieutenant Audebert wistfully looks at a photograph of his pregnant wife moments before being called to lead an assault on the German lines. In the ensuing action, Scottish William is mortally wounded; his brother Jonathan is forced to leave him behind, a psychological trauma from which he never recovers. Audebert’s men pour into a German trench, but as they turn a corner, some one-third of them are mown down by a German machine gun.

Meanwhile, Sprink’s lover, the Danish soprano Anna, receives permission to sing before the Crown Prince of Prussia. Sprink is called back from the front to perform with her, and is impressed with the luxurious comfort in which the German commanders are living. When he returns to the front, Anna insists on accompanying him, determined to sing for the ordinary frontline soldiers as well as the officers at headquarters. (The presence of a woman at the front is poetic license on the filmmakers’ part.)

The German soldiers begin setting up Christmas trees along their trenches, to the bewildered suspicion of the French soldiery. After the singers conclude their first number, a cheer goes up from the Scottish trenches. Fr. Palmer plays the first few bars of another Christmas song on the bagpipes, and Sprink responds by performing the song, climbing out into No Man’s Land. Lieutenant Audebert motions to his men to hold fire. Soon, men are pouring out of the trenches on both sides, sharing food and drinks. Fr. Palmer holds a Christmas Eve Mass for all the men.

On Christmas morning, the officers renew the truce and arrange for exchanging their dead. Dozens of men are buried between the lines. A soccer match ensues. The officers realize the situation is untenable and attempt to restore discipline, but by this time the men are refusing to fire upon each other.

A bundle of soldiers’ letters is intercepted by the French authorities, alerting them to the situation. Fearful of having their war spoiled, they dissolve the division and repost its members to various unaffected sectors of the front. The Germans are transferred to the Eastern front to face the Russians. Fr. Palmer is replaced by a Bishop who preaches a sermon urging new recruits to exterminate German men, women and children.

A major theme of the film is music. Sprink’s superior officer begins by telling him that, being a singer, he is useless as a soldier. Then it is the incongruous presence of music that leads to the unplanned ceasefire. At the end, as the Crown Prince of Prussia informs his men of their punishment, he catches sight of a harmonica. He snatches it away and crushes it beneath his boot heel.

The Christmas Truce of 1914 did not change the course of the war very much. In future years, commanders were successful in suppressing similar occurrences. As the war progressed and especially after poison gas was introduced, soldiers gradually came to see their enemies as less than human, as was the intention of the higher officers on all sides. But it has continued to spark the popular imagination in the near-century since it took place. A Canadian historian has written:

It [was] the last expression of that 19th-century world of manners and morals, where the opponent was a gentleman. The ones who survived, who lived to see other Christmases in the war, themselves expressed amazement that this had occurred. The emotions had changed to such a degree that the sort of humanity seen in Christmas 1914 seemed inconceivable.

Joyeux Noёl lost money at the box office, and critics have complained of its “sentimentality.” I suggest seeing it for oneself this Christmas season.

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27 Comments to "Joyeux Noёl: The Beginnings of WWI and the Christmas Truce of 1914"

  1. FranksandBeans's Gravatar FranksandBeans
    December 24, 2016 - 10:04 am | Permalink

    I saw this movie a few years ago and I loved it. Worth seeing it. Sad to read that even though the soldiers wanted peace, the big wigs wanted war and suppressed any such occurrences of a Christmas Truce. I guess the Jews saw their chance to get Palestine and moved ahead with the Balfour Declaration and also to undermine Germany by getting America in the war. I heard that they were the ones that influenced the treaty of Versailles and that led to WW-2.

    • Charles Frey's Gravatar Charles Frey
      December 25, 2016 - 11:23 am | Permalink

      You heard right. Members of the originating Hamburger Warburgs [ no offence to your ‘handle’ ] represented Germany at Versailles, while their New Yorkers, of Federal Reserve infamy, represented the US. Win -win.
      Ca. one year ago I read, that present Germany had just paid to London, its final 96 million US on its WW I reparations. Wish the US, in the interest of its fleeced electorate would at least start looking for Rumsfeld’s 9/11 minus one day announcement of 2.1 TRILLION missing from the then CFO financially Jewish Polish Rabbi’s son-managed Pentagon. Or indeed thereafter – astronomically more. Of course Trump, as the consummate accountant, is going to clear that up: right ! ? . As part of his ‘draining the swamp’.

      • December 26, 2016 - 9:31 am | Permalink

        “Wish the US, in the interest of its fleeced electorate would at least start looking for Rumsfeld’s 9/11 minus one day announcement of 2.1 TRILLION missing from the then CFO financially Jewish Polish Rabbi’s son-managed Pentagon.”

        The beauty of this theft lies in the fact that Jews counterfeit the very money they steal, leaving the gullible goyim to pay the interest on the debt. It’s possible this theft was an effort to reduce the money supply to stave off the ever rising specter of hyperinflation. So the Jews reduce the money supply while having the stupid goyim paying the interest bill for their original counterfeiting effort. This is the kind of plan that makes Jews so lovable and explains why they have been driven out of 110 countries over the millennia.

        The first advanced nation Jews wrecked was Egypt.

        Jews are busting their ass trying to whitewash their Hyksos history by altering the history books to highlight the supposed “beneficial” presence of the Hyksos in Egypt. Once once again, one sees the tired, shopworn “Tikkun Olam” theme being trotted out to justify the Jews malicious presence.

        Yet, for some unfathomable reason the Egyptians hated the Hyksos anyway. No doubt there was no reason for such animosity on the part of the Egyptians, they simply hated the Hysksos for no other reason than they were Hyksos.

        One of the Jews major thrusts in rewriting the history books is seen in the form of redefining the term “Shepherd Kings,” as applied to the Hyksos. The original term is now said to be an “incorrect translation.” The “correct” translation now reads as follows: “rulers of foreign lands.” While this label might correctly identify the Jews’ parasitical predilection, it omits one very telling fact that establishes a far more concrete link between the Jews and Hyksos, to wit:

        “And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say, What is your occupation? That ye shall say, Thy servants’ trade hath been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we, and also our fathers: that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians.” – Genesis 45

        Boy Howdy, you can say that again Mr. Joseph! Your Jewish/Hyksos presence is most definitely an abomination unto a host culture.

        So far Jews have yet to begin work on this even more telling line written by Manetho:

        “Tethmosis, son of Alisphragmuthosis, attempted to take the city (Avaris) by force and by siege with four hundred and eighty thousand men surrounding it. But he despaired of taking the place by siege, and concluded a treaty with them, that they should leave Egypt, and go, without any harm coming to them, wherever they wished. After the conclusion of the treaty they left with their families and chattels, not fewer than two hundred and forty thousand people, and crossed the desert into Syria. Fearing the Assyrians, who dominated over Asia at that time, they built a city in the country which we now call Judea. It was large enough to contain this great number of men and was called Jerusalem.

        If this doesn’t describe a mass “exodus” out of Egypt, then one cannot fathom the Bible’s version either. What’s more the Hyksos founded the city of Jerusalem. Try massaging that telling line Mr. Jew. I can just see the revisionary effort applied to that line: The name Jerusalem has been mistranslated, the Hyksos actually founded the twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.

        Jews are pathological liars. Mr. Blair’s character Winston Smith would understand exactly what is going on here.

      • Sir Toby's Gravatar Sir Toby
        December 30, 2016 - 8:45 pm | Permalink

        Wish the US, in the interest of its fleeced electorate would at least start looking for Rumsfeld’s 9/11 minus one day announcement of 2.1 TRILLION missing from the then CFO financially Jewish Polish Rabbi’s son-managed Pentagon.

        If you allow me to make a suggestion: Just blame it to the Germans! I’m sure we’ll pay for it as quick as we can, because meanwhile we’re so absolutely convinced of our ‘never ending guilt’ that it won’t be difficult to convince us to be guilty of the 9/11 attack too. But please (please … with sugar on the top :lol: ) don’t be to angry if it will last a little bit … for first of all we have to fulfill the wishes of … well as nobody really knows the exact number (because its forbidden to count them as this would be discriminating) let me assume the number of 15 to 20 million Turks, Arabs, ‘Asians’ and Africans (the ‘new Germans’ – as you probably know :lol: ). Not included their families of course who are still on the way to the ‘land of milk and honey’. :lol: :lol:

    • December 26, 2016 - 8:23 am | Permalink

      “I heard that they were the ones that influenced the treaty of Versailles and that led to WW-2.”

      This book might help explain what happened.

  2. Curmudgeon's Gravatar Curmudgeon
    December 24, 2016 - 10:44 am | Permalink

    What is missing is who sowed the seeds of war. Some have speculated that the plans for WWI began with (((Disraeli))) mediating the settlement for the Russo-Turkish war, which ceded Serbia to the non-participant Austro-Hungarian Empire.

    As always we must be vigilant, as those who would harm us, never sleep.

    Merry Christmas to all, and let us hope 2017 is the great awakening.

    • Charles Frey's Gravatar Charles Frey
      December 25, 2016 - 10:36 am | Permalink

      Curmudgeon. Thanks so much for Pavarotti and choir. The quintessence of our movement.
      Yes, Disraeli had his Jewish fingers in the Turkish stew. As did Morgenthau Sr., ” US ” Ambassador to Istanbul; father of Morgenthau Jr., FDR’s Secretary of the Treasury, whose friends already calculated how many German males would have to be sterilized daily in support of his Morgenthau Plan to genocide Germany. Ten-fold and more of the 6 million, 4 million, 735,000 – or – indeed of the 76,000 ‘Todesbriefe’ or death certificates captured by the Red Army in all of Auschwitz: with those for one year missing.
      Not only Disraeli: Herzl, in his DIARY wrote of the necessity of obtaining Palestine for Israel, of course. His emissaries to the Porte offered to absorb its entire foreign debt. Failing that, he [and his bankers] were going to purchase two battleships for then 400,000 Pounds Sterling to lay siege on their Government and install their own Head of State. Not an altogether unknown MO.
      Merry Christmas to you as well.

      • Trenchant's Gravatar Trenchant
        December 25, 2016 - 3:40 pm | Permalink

        The Jewish plan to kill six million Europeans:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWA9CroNIQQ

        Merry Christmas to all!

        • Trenchant's Gravatar Trenchant
          December 25, 2016 - 4:02 pm | Permalink

          Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the ritual slandering of the late Joe Sobran.
          http://www.thornwalker.com/ditch/ut027_capshaw_sobran.htm

        • Trenchant's Gravatar Trenchant
          December 25, 2016 - 4:47 pm | Permalink

          I’d like to pay tribute to the recently deceased Ralph Raico, occasional commenter on the site, without whose courage and intellectual honesty I might never have seen the (((big picture))). RIP.

        • Curmudgeon's Gravatar Curmudgeon
          December 26, 2016 - 8:38 am | Permalink

          Trenchant,
          Thank you for the very informative links.

  3. Aryan.Institute's Gravatar Aryan.Institute
    December 24, 2016 - 12:18 pm | Permalink

    I will certainly watch this after reading the review. You can find it on YouTube.

    Another movie that people may not be aware of but is extremely watchable, especially for an old movie, is Shocktroop 1917, made in Germany in the 1930’s. Banned in Germany since the end of the war so you know it must be good. You will be surprised how it depicts the enemy. Be warned though, it will leave you shell shocked. Better than Saving Private Ryan or All Quiet on the Western Front.

    Stosstrupp 1917 (1934) – English subtitles

  4. André van Delft's Gravatar André van Delft
    December 24, 2016 - 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Lets make Peace Break Out This Christmas
    A song by Vincent Mears on his 60th birthday to commemorate the miracle that was the Christmas truce of 1914 and as a prayer for peace this Christmas. Please like and share if you enjoy!

  5. Floda's Gravatar Floda
    December 24, 2016 - 3:52 pm | Permalink

    I knew a man who was there. In Australia in 1960 my teenage pal had a grand father, a Yorkshire man whom I remember as, ‘pop’. On learning I was born in Germany he asked me if my father had fought in the great War. I told him no, but both his older brothers did and both were wounded in it.

    He then described the Christmas Truce to me in such detail that I had to believe him. Later I told my father of this, he was a teenager during that war but he had heard of it, but it was generally thought to be a rumor. In time the two men met and became quite friendly

  6. James Franklin's Gravatar James Franklin
    December 25, 2016 - 8:37 am | Permalink

    My grandfather has a piece of “trench art” given to him by my great grandfather, a Frenchman who guarded German P.O.W.’s in WWI. It is a brass matchbox with a nice relief carving of a fern on the front, and inscriptions on the side and back. It was made from melted down shell casings by a German P.O.W. and given to my great grandfather. A very cool little artifact that indeed proves that there was a spirit of friendship and brotherhood between the opposing sides in that war.

    Regarding Devlin’s analysis of the “mechanistic” causes of WWI, it is certainly interesting and worth incorporating into our understanding. However, it ignores certain factors.

    1) The armaments industry – All those new toys like tanks, planes, flamethrowers, chemical weapons, etc. did not just spring into existence overnight AFTER the onset of the war. Some of these technologies were being developed before the war, and I guarantee you, certain parties were just itching to field-test them.

    2) The machinations of the Zionists/Globalists – As we all know by now, Zionism predates WWI. They were looking for an excuse for their land-grab, and lo and behold! They got it with the war and the subsequent Balfour Declaration. There was also the formation of the League of Nations. Set your goals, create an artificial crisis, offer up your pre-planned goal as the solution to the crisis. Same charade they pulled with 9/11.

  7. buckle's Gravatar buckle
    December 25, 2016 - 9:33 am | Permalink

    It’s not clear that the Germany army was that good in 1914. In stark contrast the British army, in fighting in the Boer war and maintaining its vast empire, needed to be out of necessity especially after the South African campaign where they learnt the art of camouflage hence the hideous uniforms.

    • Charles Frey's Gravatar Charles Frey
      December 25, 2016 - 1:45 pm | Permalink

      Buckle, you’re partly right but omit several salient parts:
      01 During the Boer War, the British did not maintain their Empire, but added to it by stealing from the Dutch/German colonists their diamond and gold fields; in the interests of the recently immigrated Jew brothers Beit, as well as Cecil Rhodes, among many others.
      02 The British burned the Boers’ farms, killed their cattle, destroyed their crops and CONCENTRTATED all women, children and aged men in CAMPS: where ca. 20,000 thousand perished. This was done to demoralize the men, and to have them live off the land, without contact with, or support from home.
      03 The Times published fabricated letters from young, abused English women, also deprived of ” political participation ” under the Boers, demanding British intervention.
      04 Movies for Pathe Newsreels, projected prior to the feature films, were made in studios just out of London, depicting Boers tearing children out of old-fashioned type incubators, killing them. {{{They}}} even lack the imagination to come up with new lies. Thus we had the daughter of the Kuwaiti Ambassador, pretending to be a nurse, give her lying eyewitness accounts to the American people, about Iraqi soldiers doing the same: in support of Jewish neocon aims.
      I.E. we are talking of gold, diamonds, atrocity propaganda, governments and their going to war, Jews at the lever and controlling the media. Finally, as absolutely always, they stash their newest thefts, after washing the defiling goy blood off them.
      Hundreds of millions are spent to fight anti-Semitism annually. By the White House, State Department, Congress, ADL, AIPAC, The Jewish Board of Deputies, Brussels, Berlin and uncountable more governmental and private organizations. For the price of a registered letter any one on this site could tell them how to stop anti-Semitism, almost on a dime: or two shekels.

      • buckle's Gravatar buckle
        December 26, 2016 - 12:39 am | Permalink

        The Anglo-Saxon World seems particularly prone to Judaizers. A Germano Irish thinker like KMAC has enough tools to get beyond that. In an ideal World, the Germans, Americans and Russians should forge an alliance and address not only this problem but treat the English themselves as a particularly troublesome group. Don’t be fooled by this Brexit nonsense.

        • Pierre de Craon's Gravatar Pierre de Craon
          December 26, 2016 - 12:35 pm | Permalink

          You being closer to the scene of the crime, buckle, than anyone else I know, let me ask you this: who is responsible for letting Alan Shatter attain so high a position in Eire’s governance? Surely his rise to power isn’t simply a symptom of the admittedly astonishing Irish abandonment of their Faith a mere two generations post-Vatican II.

  8. T. J.'s Gravatar T. J.
    December 25, 2016 - 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Green Christmas from the late comedian Stan Freberg [one of us]:

    • Pierre de Craon's Gravatar Pierre de Craon
      December 27, 2016 - 5:15 pm | Permalink

      It’s always great to hear this skit; thanks. Its original 45-rpm-single issue, which I’ve never heard, has a much longer conclusion than the abrupt “Jingle Bells” ending, but that version has never been rereleased in any form. It’s a measure of how little appreciated Freberg is that copies of the 45 typically go for five bucks or less on eBay.

      His autobiography, It Only Hurts When I Laugh, is both touching and very funny, as one might expect, albeit a bit lacking in organization. I recommend it to other fans of this great guy, however.

      Also, everyone who thinks that comedy ought to be funny should consider buying the current CD version of the album The United States of America. Part 1, “The Early Years,” is classic. The much later part 2 is weak by comparison but still well worth the occasional hearing.

  9. December 26, 2016 - 5:01 am | Permalink

    My impression is Uncle Sam helped Germany untill Russia collapsed. According to Ben Freedman, the U.S. did a 180 and turned on Germany after Russia was out of the war. Who was in charge anyway? Looks like the dumb Yanks were a junk yard dog to be used on Wall Street’s targets one at a time.

    http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/Jacob-Schiff-Ordered-Czar-and-Family-Murdered.shtml

    https://archive.org/details/BenjaminFreedmans1961SpeechPart1Of5

    thanks,
    Jerry

  10. December 26, 2016 - 8:24 am | Permalink

    America has, for over a century been a treacherous anti European country controlled by the jews.
    In WW1 the USA supplied the Central Powers with vast quantities of essential supplies so that the USA could bleed GB, France and Russia to death with War Loans.
    Austria was supplied through Spain.
    The Head of the State Dept. in Europe borrowed Lord Inverclyde’s yacht, put a large American flag on the stern and sent Uncle William and wounded Gen McEwan to Spain to investigate.They pretended to be Americans!
    The Ambassador asked the State Dept. why a serving British General was waving his US passport at the germans. The state Dept. contacted Mr. Elsworthy who told them to speak when spoken to.
    Mr Elsworthy went to the US embassy in Madrid and shook the hand of the Ambassaor’s wife ( family friend) but not the ambassador (not family friend) and said to Uncle William and Gen McEwan:” It does not matter if the reperesentatives of inferior nations do not come from good families, but I feel sorry for the people of breeding who have to shake hands with them”
    Needles to say the attempt at stopping the supplies failed.

  11. Olorin's Gravatar Olorin
    December 27, 2016 - 1:01 am | Permalink

    The ones who call the shots won’t be among the dead and lame
    And on each end of the rifle we’re the same.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0LgjBauf70

    The song is from John McCutcheon’s 1984 album, Winter Solstice.

    https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/United_States_World_War_I_Casualty_Records

    Never again, my friends.

    Never again.

  12. December 27, 2016 - 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Not only WW I. There was also a mini Christmas truce during WW II. “Mini” because it only involved a handful of men from each side, unlike the WW I Christmas truce. The below clip is from the “Unsolved Mysteries” TV show, aired in 1995. Fritz, the boy in the story, eventually came to live in the US. After the show was broadcast, one of the US soldiers, Ralph Blank, had a friend contact Fritz. Fritz traveled to meet Ralph who was living in a nursing home at the time. Fritz died in 2002. He was never able to trace down any of the German soldiers.

  13. Sylvie's Gravatar Sylvie
    December 27, 2016 - 6:09 pm | Permalink

    It is one of the most humiliating intellectual experiences when you have to admit that what everybody around you (including many alt-righters) considers the Greatest Victories of your country is in fact what gave it the deadly blow.

    Two wars raising Jewish power to unprecedented heights which not only ended America as you knew it, but are trying to genocide your own race.

  14. Trenchant's Gravatar Trenchant
    December 28, 2016 - 12:24 am | Permalink

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