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Heroes & Generals is a free-to-play MMOFPS where Germany, the United States and the Soviet Union fight for victory in one grand online war. Play as Infantry, Tank crew, Fighter pilot, Paratrooper, Recon or General, and make a difference in the war.

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We have spent the last few weeks writing and talking a lot about how friendly players get more game – and we appreciate that a lot of you have taken part in the debate.

However, it is time to turn our attention to the next update for Heroes & Generals. You will get the first glimpse of the new content in our DevStream tomorrow at 15:00 CET on Twitch[] – and if all goes according to plan the DevStream will also be live on Facebook as a test-run.

But for now it is the 1st of December and we thought a genuine Christmas story would be suitable.

Xmas is also time for truce
One of our favorite World War 2 Christmas stories takes place December 24th 1944 in a hunting cabin in Hurtgen Forest. That is just over six kilometers from Monschau, Germany near the Belgian border.

Elisabeth Vincken and her 12-year-old son, Fritz, were preparing their Christmas dinner, when they heard a knock on the door. Outside stood three young American soldiers, one of them wounded.

Knowing full well that harboring enemy soldiers was punishable by death, she decided to invite the soldiers inside anyways. They couldn’t speak German, she didn’t know any English but they managed to communicate in French.

A few hours later there was another knock at the door. Four hungry and freezing German soldiers were looking for a warm place to stay for the night. Elisabeth Vincken told them to leave their weapons outside, and that she would not tolerate any shooting on this evening.

To no surprise there was tension and fear between the soldiers in the cabin. However, they all sat down to eat together. They relaxed. And one of the German soldiers, being an ex-medical student, treated the wounded American.

After a good night’s sleep the soldiers parted ways peacefully. The German pointed the Americans toward their camp and gave them a compass to find their way.

This story was featured in an episode of the tv-series “Unsolved Mysteries” in 1995, where Fritz Vincken got to meet one of the American soldiers again. In 2002 the story was made into the movie Silent Night.

Tell your own Christmas story
If you like Christmas stories as much as we do, you should keep an eye out for the next RBS-challenge.

It will be posted in our forums tomorrow[] and announced on our DevStream.
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