Loose, sketchy painting of six soldiers dressed in winter clothing and military uniforms from different countries. They are smiling and laughing, some of them smoking cigarettes or cigars.

The Christmas Truce, Winter 1914


On Christmas Eve of 1914, along parts of the Western and Eastern fronts in Europe, a spontaneous truce was declared among the weary, entrenched combatants of World War I. Was this a miracle? Was it a myth? Explore these questions in The Christmas Truce, Winter 1914, the new online exhibition from the National WWI Museum and Memorial featuring dozens of firsthand accounts from men on the front lines and insights from Great War experts. Be inspired by the stories from these soldiers who laid down their weapons in a time of war to share a moment of peace.

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