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Christmas Truce 1914 - 2014

The WW1 interpretation centre Plugstreet 1418 Experience is hosting the Christmas Truce 1914 – 2014 exhibition. The exhibition presents the events that occurred on the site of St-Yves and Plugstreet during December 1914 when British and German soldiers put their weapons down and fraternize during the time of Christmas. During this short period of time, the soldiers rediscovered the humanity that most men carry deep inside by exchanging gifts, drinks, cigarettes, sitting and chatting together. The cease fire produced something even more unthinkable in time of war: enemy soldiers, British and German,  playing a football match together, something never seen before in war history. The truce that took place between British and German troops on the site of St-Yves, near Ploegsteert Wood is still remembered today. 

This exhibition was made possible thanks to materials gathered by the town of Comines-Warneton – Belgium, Armentières - France, and Frelinghien - France. Some private collections from Germany did also help setting up the exhibition. 

Practical information: 

Adult: 5€
Up to 12 years old, students, people with reduced mobility, over 60: 4€
Up to 6 years old: free gratuity
Group: reservation at the Tourist Office of Comines-Warneton
Tel: +32 56 555 600 
Email: office.tourisme.comines-warneton@belgacom.net 

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