It was Christmas 1914, snow fell heavily creating extra barriers on the trenches, men huddling
together only being able to use body heat to keep warm, yet the soldiers kept on going, surviving for the thought of the Christmas post! One boy in particular , Jim was his name, sat in the dark depths of the gruesome trench, reading a letter from his dear Rose, his girlfriend, he was also to find a picture of her reminding him that she was always there for him along with a big bar of chocolate. Indistinctly, Jim heard some sort of tune while he held the photo of Rose next to his heart “Silent night holy night holy night” The tune continued as Jim realised it was the traditional “Silent Night” Jim lay down as he pressed the photo against his lips. Jim tried to sing himself to sleep in the hell hole. Minutes passed Jim was just drifting to sleep… until, he heard the same tune yet different words. The lone young soldier was perplexed, he did not understand who was singing. He thought it ould of been the German, yet that would be the maddest idea ever. Bewildered, Jim fell back to sleep.
It was Christmas morning, soldiers still in trenches, no Christmas miracle, they just waited and waited and waited, full of boredom. Soldiers hearts tear apart missing their families some of them fearing they would be deceased. Jim looked around… no one to turn to, he then looked up watching the white, glistening snow fall from the heavens. Without thought, Jim stood up as he proudly walked towards the frontline, he climbed out of the trench with no fear at all. He could hear his fellow Tommies shouting warnings to him fearing for his sanity. This was far the most psychotic thought he ever had. A German general spotted him! “TAKE AIM!” he screamed in a German accent. Hundreds of rifles aimed at his head … with a deep breath he continued walking and walking. Suddenly , a young lad from the German side walked towards Jim. “What are you doing!” exclaimed a German soldier as all the British aimed at his head! They both met in the middle of
No Mans Land the most lethal, destructive place in the whole of the universe!
There was a silence…
Jim gulped and fearfully said “Hi I’m Jim”
“Hi I’m Otto” He responded in a German accent. Jim could not believe what was
Happening— he was flabbergasted— Satan had mercy on them. Jim and Otto continued to chat [Jim showed Otto pictures of Rose] After minutes of chatting the soldiers understood it was safe, Otto quickly went to fetch a ball [the only thing left in good condition] They played, laughed, talked all day having the most fun in months! Hours passed dusk was falling. With no indication, BOOM BAM, bombs started to go off again soldiers sighed as they knew they had to get back to their duties… Otto and Jim exchanged hugs secretly exchanging gifts, they return to their trenches to find a biscuit for Jim and a chocolate bar for Otto. They smiled…Boom. “Get down”…