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A little peace: When the consequences of the revolution made themselves felt in the trenches in March 1917, the German army command responded with an unusual measure: the Russian soldiers were to be encouraged to desert through massive propaganda and refrain from fighting. A complete shooting ban was even imposed over the Russian Easter festival in April 1917. In fact, the Russians then left their trenches in droves - the plan of the Supreme Army Command did not provide for the German soldiers to follow suit. A broad wave of fraternization followed, the momentum of which could hardly be contained:
"Everything was funny and in good spirits. The Russians kissed our soldiers, but could not communicate with them. It was a picture to paint, but I would have been very happy with a photograph."
Ernst Kießkalt, Bavarian 3rd Landsturm Infantry Regiment.
The German army command had miscalculated, the morale of the soldiers began to crumble. Shortly afterwards, orders were issued to the troops that any man who left his trench should be shot immediately. Until the weapons on the Eastern Front finally fell silent in December 1917, months of heavy fighting awaited the soldiers.
Our picture shows German and Russian soldiers after the signing of the armistice between Germany and Soviet Russia.
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