Wacky Facts by Agent K #2: Did you Know that German and Russian Soldiers Had to Cease Fire to Fight United Against Wolves During World War I?
Hello my fellow steemians,
Day two for Wacky Facts, so let's get ready to Rumbleeeeeeee!!!!!!!
Some of you have probably watched Joyeux Noel. If not, let me tell you a few things about it. This anti-war film, directed by Christian Carion, made some noise back in the mid 2000's for telling (beautifully) the touching and real story of "The Christmas Truce of 1914." This rare event was a series of unofficial ceasefires along the Western Front of WWI, where German, French and British soldiers crossed trenches in order to exchange seasonal greetings, gifts and remember what it is to be a human after all. During those festive events, the vast majority of the soldiers realized that they fought and killed each other for nothing, but if you want to learn more, please go watch the movie because I have a wacky fact to report soon ;)
The Menu of the Day
The Christmas Truce of 1914 became part of pop culture thanks to the film industry's power (ask Leo and his 300), while the movie was nominated by every major film award worldwide, as the Best Foreign Language Film for 2005. Unfortunately, some other fellas from the same War, never received the publicity they deserved for an even more bizarre and odd historical event. See, during the winter of 1916–1917, Germans fought against Russians in an area stretching for more than a thousand miles from the Baltic Sea in the north to the Black Sea in the south.
What's The Story?
During that winter the subzero temperatures and icy weather didn’t cause issues only to the soldiers, but apparently made the vicious Russian wolves that were starving converge on both the German and Russian lines in the northern part of the front in the Vilnius-Minsk region. Their hunger was so out of control that despite their fear of humans they started to attack not only individuals, but organized groups of soldiers causing lots of deaths and injuries. Btw, talking about hunger...
The problem eventually became so serious that there were days where both sides had more casualties from the vicious attacks of the wolves, than the actual battles. In the meantime both Russian and German soldiers had tried everything and failed. They tried poisoning them, shooting them with their machine guns, and even tried to use grenades against them, but the Russian wolves were so hungry that nothing could stop them.
The situation became so catastrophic for both sides that the Russian and German soldiers convinced their commanders to make a temporal truce so they could join forces against those blood-thirsty, four-legged bastards. After short negotiations a truce was achieved and the fighting stopped. The two sides discussed how to find an effective solution to this situation and finally after a lot of common effort and cooperation they managed to murder hundreds of wolves while the rest scattered, leaving the area for good.
*Warning: Explicit Content (Man vs Wolves) Follows*
I truly hope your mind doesn't go the wrong direction right now....And NO, I didn't mean that type of Happy Ending. Shame on you, people!!! Sheesh!!!!!
Anyway, back to my wacky fact, the victory against the wolves accomplished, the soldiers gathered together to amicably celebrate the victory while drinking large amounts of beer, feasting and probably singing songs like this one right here:
Soon, however, the "children" of WWI found that there was no choice to make, as the "old men" had decided for them already. Inevitably, the truce ended and the "children" went back to killing each other “properly” again. What a wonderful world, huh?
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