The Great War took the lives of around 17 million people. It also served as the catalyst for World War II: the most devastating conflict in human history that claimed four times as many. Another distinction between the two events is purpose. Whereas the latter was wholly just in what it prevented, the former left no one knowing why anyone was fighting over time. Historians debating its primary causes demonstrates in itself that the nations essentially warred for the sake of war. This impacted the morale of troops. General Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien believed that “troops in trenches in close proximity to the enemy slide very easily, if permitted to do so, into a ‘live and let live’ theory of life.” He was right. One day, nearly 100,000 people participated in the Christmas Truce of 1914, when portions of British and German forces miraculously met in no man’s land to exchange gifts, bury the slain, and play makeshift football. They also sang hymns together on Christmas Eve in their opposing trenches. A veteran recalled that there was “the eerie sound of silence” before conflict resumed soon after. It speaks of the spiritual aching for peace in our world of afflictions, no matter how fruitless it may seem to pursue. For Honor attempts to vaguely stab at this longing.
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