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Friday, December 24, 2010

Video: Paul McCartney "Pipes of Peace" 1983

During the first winter of World War I, a Truce of ceasefires took place along the Western Front around Christmas of 1914. Through the week leading up to Christmas, parties of German and British soldiers began to exchange seasonal greetings and songs between their trenches; on occasion, the tension was reduced to the point that individuals would walk across to talk to their opposite numbers bearing gifts. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, many soldiers from both sides – as well as, to a lesser degree, from French units – independently ventured into 'no man's land', where they mingled, exchanging food and souvenirs. As well as joint burial ceremonies, several meetings ended in carol-singing, or – famously – games of football (soccer).

The video is a lesser known Paul McCartney song from 1983 called "Pipes of Peace" which depicts that famous Truce with Paul playing both a British and German soldier. Enjoy~

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