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THE SECOND CHRISTMAS TRUCE, 1915

Following the famous truce of Christmas 1914 when German and allied soldiers spontaneously put aside their weapons to exchange greetings, a similar event occurred on Christmas Day 1915. Much less remarked upon than the earlier truce, this second truce was strongly discouraged by British commanding officers and yet achieved a temporary break in the hostilities which was clearly welcomed by ordinary soldiers on both sides. This article brings forward literary and documentary evidence about the second (and last) Christmas truce of the First World War, drawing on the diaries of serving soldiers among the allied troops.

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