Bruce Boyd / Blog

Silent Night

On Christmas Eve 1914 the guns on the Western Front fell silent. World War I had commenced four months earlier and already the slaughter had reached an appalling scale. However on Christmas Eve homesick German troops began to sing carols in their trenches. Hearing this, the allied troops joined in with "Silent Night". As the combined singing echoed across no-man's land, troops from both sides climbed out of their trenches and walked across no-man's land to greet each other. Forgetting that they were supposed to be enemies and killing each other, they swapped gifts of food, alcohol and tobacco. They even had an impromptu game of soccer - and no-one cared about the score. They were all just ordinary men, a long way from home and lonely on Christmas Eve. Play Silent Night at: http://www.reverbnation.com/tunepak/3088536