In the middle of one of the biggest wars in the 20th century, and without any orders, on 25th December 1914 soldiers stopped shooting at each other. The biggest unorganized war truce in history. To quote a British officer at the time, writing to his mother: “I know this sounds like a fairy tale… But it actually happened.” With the horror of death on a massive scale, people took a break. Widely reported in the press in 1914, it would not be mentioned in a single history of the war until 1984. It has never been repeated on such a large scale.