Holiday Documentary Views For Free At Coos Bay Library

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The “Armchair Film Adventure” series at Coos Bay Library continues on Tuesday, December 11th at 2pm in the Myrtlewood Meeting Room. In the spirit of the holiday season, the History Channel’s documentary “The Christmas Truce” will be shown.

At the first light of dawn, many of the German soldiers emerged from their trenches and approached the Allied lines across no-man’s-land, calling out “Merry Christmas” in their enemies’ native tongues. At first, the soldiers feared it was a trick, but seeing the Germans unarmed they climbed out of their trenches and shook hands with the enemy soldiers. The men exchanged presents of cigarettes and plum puddings and sang carols and songs. At certain points along the eastern and western fronts, the soldiers of Russia, France, and Britain even heard brass bands joining the Germans in their joyous singing. There was a rare documented case of soldiers from opposing sides playing a good-natured game of soccer.

The so-called Christmas Truce of 1914 came only five months after the outbreak of war in Europe and was one of the last examples of the outdated notion of chivalry between enemies in warfare. In 1915, the bloody conflict of World War I erupted in all its technological fury, and the concept of another Christmas Truce became unthinkable. This military documentary narrates the events of the Christmas Truce with the help of vintage footage and photographs.

Everyone is welcome at this program, sponsored by The Friends of the Coos Bay Library. No admission is charged and refreshments will be served. Please call 269-1101 for further information on this program

This entry was posted on Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 and is filed under Local News, Public Service Announcements.