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Rudyard Kipling's heartfelt tribute to the Irish Guards

Published 27/12/2015 | 02:30

Illustration by Jim Cogan
Illustration by Jim Cogan

And the Irish move to the sound of the guns, Like salmon to the sea. - Rudyard Kipling, 'The Irish Guards', 1918

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The Christmas truce of 1914 did not find the Irish Guards fraternising with their foes; they were too busy digging in.

Their regimental historian records their banter after relieving the Ghurkas.

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