Christmas Truce of World War I - Joyeux Noel 2005 film

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    In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life. (The Movie "Joyeux Noel" is based on actual events, but is not historically accurate, it is FICTIONALIZED). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christm...

    In 1914, World War I, the bloodiest war ever at that time in human history, was well under way. However on Christmas Eve, numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal, and unauthorized, truce where the various front-line soldiers of the conflict peacefully met each other in No Man's Land to share a precious pause in the carnage with a fleeting brotherhood. This film dramatizes one such section as the French, Scottish and German sides partake in the unique event, even though they are aware that their superiors will not tolerate its occurrence.

    It is a fictionalized account of an actual event that took place in December 1914 when Wilhelm, German Crown Prince, sent the lead singer of the Berlin Imperial Opera company on a solo visit to the front line. Singing by the tenor, Walter Kirchhoff, to the 120th and 124th Württemberg regiments led French soldiers in their trenches to stand up and applaud.

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dazzathecameraman
dazzathecameraman

In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life. (The Movie "Joyeux Noel" is based on actual events, but is not historically accurate, it is FICTIONALIZED).

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V. Emil the II-nd.
V. Emil the II-nd.

One British soldier witnessing the truce in all its glory, broke down in tears. When they asked him what's wrong, he said:

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thatqinblue
thatqinblue

The moment you realize the man you are fighting is not the enemy, the man that sent you there is.

Мартин Христов
Мартин Христов

I love two moments here:

Leisurelee53
Leisurelee53

When singing "silent night" the opera singer is singing in German.

Lady Lowman
Lady Lowman

I always cry when he carries the Christmas tree to them. Such an act of courage and trust.

Giga Chad
Giga Chad

(German soldier) "so how's the war going for you guys?"

Braden Vester
Braden Vester

This is unbelievably heart warming....

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Zirob
Zirob

Keep in mind that tradition and religion was more important back then.

Dave Crupel
Dave Crupel

7:26

Raven Garbarino
Raven Garbarino

My grandfather once told me "when the soldiers lay down their guns and refuse to fight, the war is over."

Adam Edwards
Adam Edwards

Ceasefire starts because of the respect and humanity of these brave soldiers.

Eliel Pakkala
Eliel Pakkala

It's so beautiful how this literally happened. They exchanged cigarettes and beer for certain customs from the other amongst other things. But they literally partied together. During that time as the worst war man has ever seen....cheers to those men

a '99 Subaru Legacy
a '99 Subaru Legacy

Don’t know how anyone could hate a holiday that has literally brought people together in the darkest moments in human history

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Colin Merritt
Colin Merritt

I like how Felix/Nestor was clearly playing both sides to get his food. He must have been thinking, "So many staff to take care of. What would they do without me?"

Gungir203 Casey
Gungir203 Casey

This hits so hard. They didn’t hate each other. They just followed the orders of their leaders.

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cpdf17
cpdf17

To me this is probably the most beautiful moment of human history

Michael Diehl
Michael Diehl

This definitely has me in tears. Whoever started singing decided to help spread a little bit of happiness and then history happened. I love whoever made this film

Ian Bruce
Ian Bruce

I revisit this video from time to time. It brings peace to my soul to know similar events like this actually happened in history and is likely to never happen again. It holds such weight in how it happened, why it happened, and what we may learn from these stunningly beautiful events from our collective history.

Gena Taylor
Gena Taylor

What was crazy was that both sides moved those troops out to other areas afterward because they didn't want to kill the other side anymore. Hard to kill people that are no longer strangers.

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