What Was The Name Of This Battle?

Discussion in 'General' started by Vanilla Coke Kid, Jan 14, 2005.

  1. Vanilla Coke Kid

    Vanilla Coke Kid Junior Member

    I've heard that there was a battle where it was so bloody and vicious that some of the soldiers sat out, both British and German, and they hung out together whilst the others were fighting. I don't know if this is true, but if it is, what was the name of the battle? Thanks.

    CROONAERT Ipsissimus

    Not quite same as the way you put it, but there were truces (both official and unnofficial, large and small scale) in quite a few battles. One particularly famous one (which might be the one you are referring to) took place during the fighting at Monte Cassino in Italy in 1944.

  3. Kiwiwriter

    Kiwiwriter Very Senior Member

    There were occasional truces during the siege of Tobruk, to allow medics of both sides to retrieve wounded personnel and water carriers to bring desperately needed canteens to frontline sangars and foxholes. When the Polish Brigade replaced the Australians, they were reluctant to honor these truces, but they soon realized the value in having a brief time to retrieve wounded and bring up water. Similar truces, as mentioned, took place at Cassino. There was also a well-known cease-fire at Oosterbeek during the 1st Airborne Division's stand, to evacuate wounded British paratroopers to German hospitals and captivity. There was far less quarter on the Eastern Front and none in the Pacific.
  4. sappernz

    sappernz Member

    Have you any idea in which theatre of war this is alledged to have taken place as I have never heard of such a thing, which does not mean it never happened or could this be a story from WW1. I would be most interested to find out if this is true and not confused with an agreed truce.

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  5. paulyb102

    paulyb102 Member

    The Germans and Americans slugged it out for six months in the Hürtgen Forest beginning in September 1944, with both sides suffering enormous casualties. Given the ferocity of the seesaw struggle, it is difficult to believe that at the height of the battle the two sides paused for humanitarian reasons. But three times over the course of five days in November 1944 the opponents put aside their enmity so that wounded soldiers could be taken safely to the rear for treatment.

    The Hürtgen Forest is a region of the Ardennes near Aix-la-Chapelle, Belgium, a terrain interspersed with areas of heavy forest, plains and ravines, beyond which lie the Roer River dams.


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