in the Works of
...along the front lines late in December 1914, to the dismay of the generals, opponents in the West laid down their arms and celebrated Christmas together in a spontaneous gesture of peace on earth and good will toward men.
Philip Maddison was pedaling back toward the shattered chateau, when a Tommy he passed shouted that "everyone was out of the trenches and milling in No Man´s Land--"talking to the Alleymans"...Maddison cycled past the ruined house....Although the sandbag barrier...remained in place....what he encountered seemed like a dream [he] found himself face to face with living Germans....some were talking in English to soldiers in British garb, One Fritz was carefully writing his name and address on a scrap of paper for exchange with an Englishman. They were agreeing to write after the war.
....a bearded German told him in English, "They watched some of the London Highlanders...putting up a fence last night, but they wouldn´t fire...even if they were ordered to...."
Maddison said that he watched them [the Germans] put up
a Christmas tree the night before....
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