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Extra History: Season 40

WW1 Christmas Truce 2017

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  • 2017-12-17T16:00:00Z on YouTube
  • 10 mins
  • 21 mins (2 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Animation, Documentary, History
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The unofficial ceasefires around Christmas 1914 along the Western Front.

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2 episodes

40x01 WW1 Christmas Truce - Silent Night

  • Season Premiere

    2017-12-17T16:00:00Z — 11 mins

On Christmas Eve in 1914, soldiers in the trenches sang together across the wastes of No Man's Land. Some were brave enough to step out of their trenches and meet face-to-face, forming an unofficial truce that lasted (with a few blemishes) until the end of Christmas Day.

"Yesterday there was a fierce and terrible onslaught... of Christmas packages into our trenches." So began one soldier's letter home after the Christmas Truce of WWI. These letters give us a peek at the joys and sorrows experienced by troops on deployment, from the pleasure of a surprise holiday truce to the pain of being too long apart from families.

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