Letter describes ‘extraordinary’ Christmas truce during World War I

December 24, 2014 6:03 AM

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Letter describes ‘extraordinary’ Christmas truce during World War I

LONDON - A letter from a World War I soldier describing the "extraordinary sight" of a spontaneous Christmas ceasefire between German and British soldiers was published on Wednesday, 100 years after it was written.

British army officer Alfred Dougan Chater wrote the letter to his mother from a freezing trench on the western front in 1914, describing an event remembered as a moment of fleeting humanity in a four-year war that killed more than 16 million.

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