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Letters from the Front, ‘A German from Catford'

In the course of a letter published in the ‘Daily Telegraph’ yesterday from a member of the Queen’s Westminsters serving at the front, the writer says: “On Christmas Eve the Germans lit fires in the trenches and sang carols nearly all night. Of course, we did the same. We shouted over, ‘Won’t you come half-way and meet us and shake hands.’ So they said, ‘Yes’. So we downed all arms and I went over with —- and met four of them (they weren't taking any risks), and we had a chat, exchanged cigarettes for toffee and sweets, etc. One of them told me he was an officer, and had lived at Catford, so we got quite pally. One Christmas Day we were all out in the daylight, chatting and speaking to each other half-way between the two lines of trenches, but no one was allowed to go further either side. I smoked German cigars all day and ate German chocolate all night on guard, so I didn't do so badly.”

Kentish Mercury, Jan 1 1915 ([/Letters from the Front, ‘A German from Catford'

In the course of a letter published in the ‘Daily Telegraph’ yesterday from a member of the Queen’s Westminsters serving at the front, the writer says: “On Christmas Eve the Germans lit fires in the trenches and sang carols nearly all night. Of course, we did the same. We shouted over, ‘Won’t you come half-way and meet us and shake hands.’ So they said, ‘Yes’. So we downed all arms and I went over with —- and met four of them (they weren't taking any risks), and we had a chat, exchanged cigarettes for toffee and sweets, etc. One of them told me he was an officer, and had lived at Catford, so we got quite pally. One Christmas Day we were all out in the daylight, chatting and speaking to each other half-way between the two lines of trenches, but no one was allowed to go further either side. I smoked German cigars all day and ate German chocolate all night on guard, so I didn't do so badly.”

Kentish Mercury, Jan 1 1915 view original])

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