(https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/570268656413872128/Tt3Pi7Gp_400x400.jpeg)Gent-Wevelgem 2017: BACK TO ONE of the most remarkable PHENOMENA OF MILITARY HISTORY.
November 23, 2016
: Life on the Western Front was certainly no fun in the winter of 1914. The strĳdende had dug in both camps (the allies on the one side in Germany and on the other side), after the war ended in a stalemate. The Northern European landscape looked quite remarkable: from the North Sea to the Swiss border were two opposing trench systems with between one country and barbed wire. On both sides were more or less made permanent facilities, such as underground rooms, shelters, stoves and latrines. On Christmas Eve in 1914, it froze on the Western Front. No further offensives were therefore expected. Both sides tried to make the best of it.
The Germans started the first Christmas to celebrate, there was drunk and here and there appeared a Christmas tree or a lantern above the trenches. Somewhere there began a soldier Silent Night, Holy Night sing. The British felt they had to give back and sang "The First Noel." The Germans applauded and then put 'O Tannenbaum' in, and so it went on.
The next day, on Christmas Day, came from both sides of the front the soldiers out of their trenches. field services were held in full view of the vĳand without a shot being fired. Both parties waved to each other and a few brave soldiers walked into the no man's land to greet each other. Initially formed small groups, then increasing until in some places hundreds of soldiers stood By another. There were shaken hands, they put together a fire and an exchange of gifts: cigarettes, cigars and sausages, canned stew, tobacco, and London newspapers.
In some places were even factions played football. The most legendary contest between the British and the Germans, in the Saint-Yvon, near Ploegsteert. The Germans won 3-2. On December 11, 2014 by Michel Platini became UEFA Christmas Truce Monument inaugurated in KomenWaasten.
This spontaneous file was obviously much to the displeasure of the commanders. It affected the discipline, soldiers could indeed come to think that the vĳand even a man. The carefully crafted vĳandsbeeld must at all costs be preserved. Both sides justified measures to avoid this in the future. Nevertheless, there were twinning again during Christmas 1915, though on a smaller scale. Again the army leadership was furious. In the fall of 1916, orders were up by ordering execution for those who fraternized. That winter and also in those of 1917, there was no more files.
Yet there was a moment of peace on earth in 1914. The guns and cannons fell silent a moment. Just as there was room for Christmas for a little companionship and humanity.
While no other conflict has ever been talk of such a spontaneous rapprochement between the besieged. It remains one of the most remarkable phenomena in the history of war.
"This Christmas Eve was celebrated in a fraternal mood. The Germans brought fine stuff. They also had plenty of wine. Our soldiers could nothing to offer in its place. As the hours passed pulled everyone back to his trench and soon crackled gunfire again Never land. [...] An investigation was conducted, the court martial came to pass and the station chief was called to account. Lieutenant Naviau, a Walloon, was demoted. The soldiers were allowed to rest. "
(Belgian soldier Rik Reynaerts)
Hans De Clercq, sporting manager at Gent-Wevelgem:
As World Tour Tier 1 game we enjoy a massive appearance. Gent-Wevelgem Flanders Fields is broadcast around the world, from Norway to Australia, from Mexico to Thailand.
By integrating with Plug Streets in the course will be fought again, albeit happy with the bike. We also pay tribute to the victims and the viewer can appropriately commemorate the fallen.
We therefore the link between the sport in the year 2017 and the unfortunate past of 100 years ago. "Let us never forget how they fought for us!"
"This is about 3 strips, semi-paved roads or otherwise called Green Roads, with a total distance of 5.2 kilometers. The first two strips are slightly inclined and are in open plains where the wind will have free reign. At the entrance to the 2nd strip is the Christmas Truce monument that reflects the symbolism of Christmas in 1914 Files. "
"Integrating this strip between the two Kemmel Race, will provide additional nervousness. There will be less opportunity to recover. The match will be here
| previous winners|
|2016|| SAGAN Peter|| |
|2015|| PAOLINI Luca|| |
|2014|| DEGENKOLB John|| |
|2013|| SAGAN Peter|| |
|2012|| BOONEN Tom|| |
|2011|| BOONEN Tom|| |
|2010|| EISEL Bernhard|| |
|2009|| BOASSON HAGEN Edvald|| |
|2008|| FREIRE GOMEZ Oscar|| |
|2007|| BURGHARDT Marcus|| |
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