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  •  the flip side to the Christmas Truce was the (3+ / 0-)
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    BOHICA, Ahianne, RiveroftheWest

    French mutiny of 1917, when literally half the units in the French Army sat down in their trenches and simply refused to make any more of the idiotic human-wave frontal assaults against the German machine guns. The French and British governments made desperate efforts to end the mutiny, including shooting several of the ringleaders--and also worked very hard to prevent word of the mutiny from getting out to either the Germans or to the British/French public.  The Entente political officials were terrified that the French mutinies were the first stage towards a Revolution, such as had already happened in Russia in March 1917. Some 23,000 French troops were arrested for mutiny, over 500 sentenced to death, and 49 of them shot.

    The mutiny only really ended when the Germans began their big offensive in early 1918.

    In the end, reality always wins.

    by Lenny Flank on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 06:36:18 AM PST

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