Men at arms

Christmas 1916

The warring parties tried to celebrate major religious holidays at the front as well. At that time, the fighting stopped and often front-line fraternization began. The soldiers celebrated: they were given a festive menu, there was a mass, a religious service. On Christmas Eve, candles were lit and a pine tree was decorated.

Among the holidays, badge makers preferred Christmas. Many Christmas badges were made during the 4 years. Each year, they were made with the letters of the actual year and beautiful compositions. In many cases, the different units made their own badges for the holiday.

One of the most frequently occurring Christmas badges is the one the post is about, which was created in 1916 by the company Winter and Adler. The image of the soldier wearing the badge was apparently taken in the spring or summer. These badges were also constantly worn on caps not just on Christmas days.

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