In 1914 an unofficial Christmas Truce occurred between German and British soldiers. They met in no man's land, exchanged gifts and wished each other a Merry Christmas—the high command disapproved, and such a truce never happened again.


Naina Bajekal writing in Time Magazine, makes the following points:
  • The truce began with carol singing on Christmas Eve.
  • Troops exchanged cigarettes, food, buttons and hats and allowed those killed in “no man’s land” to be buried.
  • British commanders had prohibited any “friendly intercourse with the enemy” as a threat to morale, but many troops ignored this.


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