Christmas Truce

In WWI trench soldiers on both sides demonstrated humanity at Christmas time because for several Christmas' they called a truce for a day or two much to the chagrin of their higher ups.


Christmas Truce - Tom Weber

Canadian Ronald Mackinnon was killed a little more than three months after he wrote that letter - on April 9th 1917, at Vimy Ridge. His letter was read by his nephew Gordon Mackinnon. Tom Weber believes this letter is significant ... in part because of what it reveals about Christmas Truces in World War One. Tom Weber is a historian and the author of Hitler's First War. He was in Cologne, Germany.

Christmas truce - Tom Weber

Well, it's been nearly a hundred years since more than 60,000 Canadians were killed in the War to End all Wars. And there have been a lot of Canadians in uniform in war zones during Christmas since then. Today, more than 2000 Canadian troops will celebrate Christmas in Afghanistan. Lieutenant Colonel Bud Walsh knows what's like to be far away from home at Yueltide. He was the commander of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa and spent Christmas 2008 in Kabul. And Corporal Jeremy Penney served with the Highlanders and spent two Christmases in Afghanistan. And they were in our Ottawa studio.

At the end of this segment we left you with a special piece of Christmas music.

In 1943, the late Bing Crosby recorded what would become an anthem for World War Two soldiers yearning for home at Christmas. Here is the original recording of "I'll Be Home For Christmas."

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