NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
25th December, 1914 : In one corner of the Western Front, where the British Tommy in his trench was only a few yards from the Boche in his, the war came to a halt, briefly, on this day of Christ’s birth. A Second Lieutenant of the Royal Filed Artillery raised his head above the parapet and was astonished to see German and British soldiers standing in the open and making no attempt to shoot at each other. The lieutenant met another officer and together they walked along the line as Germans waved and called out. Speaking in simple French, the Germans, holding out cigars, asked for English jam. The extraordinary incident has been much talked about, despite the authorities’ stern disapproval.