The 1914 Truce peace offering

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A German cognac bottle, a New Year's peace offering from 1914
A German cognac bottle, a New Year's peace offering from 1914

Most people know about the Christmas Truce of 1914, but there was also a truce at New Year. From New Year’s Eve, the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Fusiliers was in the front line trenches near Ploegsteert, Belgium. Just after midnight the German soldiers left their trenches under a white flag and walked into no man’s land. A German soldier offered this bottle full of cognac to Captain George Hill; when Hill hesitated the German soldier took a sip and said 'Not poison'.