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Christmas 1914: the killing stops, 11 November 1918: millions more dead?!

On Christmas Eve 2013, as much of the world is threatened by war, stories which commemorate the Christmas 1914 truce are published on the Internet. They include:

This story of how British, French and German soldiers stopped killing each other on 25 December 1914 is remembered and celebrated as a high point amidst the unprecedented slaughter of the First World War.

More videos of programs, or excerpts of programs, which commemorate the Christmas truce of 1914 are linked to from the page of the YouTube video used by Tony Cartalucci.

On that day, French and British soldiers were to learn that the Germans they had been fighting for the previous four months were not the depraved monsters that their governments had claimed them to be. German soldiers were to learn the same of the French and British.

What is rarely acknowledged or questioned in these depictions of Christmas 1914 is that the war resumed the next day and millions more, including many who had fraternised on that day, were to die in terrible battles of attrition in the coming years.

The slaughter in the Battle of Passchendaele fought from July until November 1917. This was only one of many bloody battles of attrition fought in the four years which followed the Christmas truce of 1914.

How the generals on both sides of the trenches were able to compel those who had fraternised on 25 December 1914 to resume killing each other even more ferociously than they had in the first four months of the war, needs to be explained. By the time the slaughter ended, on 11 November 1918 9,911,000 combatants and 6.5 million civilians had died.


Below is a video of Syrians playing in snow on 12 December 2013. Sadly, the terrorist war Syrians are facing has not ended. This includes the destruction of the Al-Kindi hospital in Aleppo1 9 days later on 21 December in an attack by suicide car bombers.


1 Fortunately, it seems that no loyal Syrians were killed in the attack, whilst even the jihadists' video acknowledges that 35 terrorists were killed. SyriaNews reports: "The cost of the damage caused to the hospital is estimated at 1.5 billion Syrian Liras (approximately US$30 million by the prices of pre-crisis)."

One hundred years ago today, the mutual killing, between the French and their British allies on the one side and the Germans on the other, stopped for one day as ordinary soldiers on both sides celebrated Christmas. This is rightly held up as a triumph over the darker side of humanity.

However, what is rarely acknowledged or discussed, is how the ruling elites on both sides, who had caused the war, were able to compel the soldiers, who embraced each other on 25 December 1914, to resume shooting at each other next day and to continue doing so for nearly four more terrible and bloody years.

In the coming years, the fighting was to become more terrible and bloody as the generals on both sides compelled the soldiers to leave the comparative safety of the trenches and launch bloody mass attacks through mud and barbed wire against machine guns and rifle fire. This occurred repeatedly at Verdun, the Somme, Passchendaele, Vimy Ridge, etc. until the truce was signed on 11 November 1918. By then ten million combatants and eight million civilians had died. That death toll dwarfed any previous conflict in human history. [1] [2]


[1] This is in absolute numbers. In relative numbers, many of the wars of genocide against the natives of North and South America, Australia, Africa and Asia were bloodier.

[2] Only the ensuing slaughter of the Second World War in which at least 60 million died makes it possible for some to overlook the carnage of the First World War.