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IN the early months of immobile trench warfare, the truces were not unique to the Christmas period, and reflected a growing mood of "live and let live", where infantry units in close proximity to each other would stop overtly aggressive behaviour, and often engage in small scale fraternisation, having conversations or bartering for cigarettes.
He described the Olympic Games as always having been, C[pounds sterling]a supreme call on all the races of the earth for truce, peace and fraternisation.
I learned that there used to be a POW camp between Greenside and High Spen and due to fraternisation with the locals, the staff and Germans ended up growing leeks to enter in leek shows.
It's safe to say that Samuel Preston's fraternisation with the media has meant he was a key choice to front St George by Duffer's latest range.
They were allowed a certain amount of freedom on parole, but the Coventry people were strongly Puritan so that (it is said) they refused all fraternisation.
The unauthorised fraternisation between the Tommies and the Fritzes was against the orders of the high commands on both sides.
Informal truces occurred at various places along the trench-lines of Northern France and Belgium, some on Christmas Eve but it was on Christmas Day itself that most of the fraternisation took place.
That sounds like the non- fraternisation order issued to British and American troops when they marched into defeated Germany in 1945.
Good professional effective soldiering, blended with good ol' Canadian honesty, impartiality and disdain of bafflegab, will continue to gain us more credibility than can be acquired from any amount of boozy fraternisation.
One of the many moving selections is a letter written to his mother on Boxing Day 1914 in which he described the fraternisation that occurred on Christmas Day between Empire and German troops.
Inevitably, Daggers boss John Still refuted Megson's charge of undue fraternisation with officials and insisted: "The referee came and spoke to me.