100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

Issued January 10, 1915

LE PETIT JOURNAL was established in 1863. At the height of it’s popularity in the 1890s, the newspaper had a circulation of a million copies and included a weekly illustrated supplement.

Much has been made in many newspapers around the world about “The Christmas Truce,” a series of widespread but unofficial ceasefires along the Western Front around Christmas only two weeks ago. Men from both sides ventured into no man’s land on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to mingle and exchange food and souvenirs. There were joint burial ceremonies and prisoner swaps, while several meetings ended in carol-singing. Men even played games of football with one another. Many personal accounts have been published and it has been called “one of the greatest surprises of a surprising war”.

On January 10, 1915 LE PETIT JOURNAL published this picture of French troops celebrating Christmas in the trenches.1aab4

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