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The true spirit

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

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.

Tony Barnwell
St Patrick's Road, Dublin 9

Irish Independent