Tuesday 21 February 2017

The true spirit

Published 24/12/2011 | 05:00

• The spontaneous truce of Christmas 1914 appeals to many. Both British and German combatants "downed tools and entered no man's land".

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Enemies exchanged greetings and gifts, fraternising freely. Harmony reigned. Alas, all too soon the top brass on both sides sent the troops back in to battle.

Yet if only for a while, the true spirit of Christmas prevailed: peace and goodwill to all.

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