Thursday 8 December 2016

Hope lives

Published 27/12/2012 | 05:00

• We should recall the extraordinary event that occurred during World War One. In 1914, a spontaneous truce broke out between British and German combatants. "Enemies" entered no man's land, exchanged greetings and gifts and fraternised freely. Harmony prevailed.

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Alas, the top brass on both sides eventually pressed troops back into battle. Yet, if only temporarily, the true spirit of Christmas caught hold – peace and goodwill.

Anthony Barnwell
Dublin 9

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