Talking of the 1914 Christmas truce, as this thread was, I've just learned something that was almost airbrushed out of history: there was also, in some areas of the front, a Christmas truce in 1915. British army officers tried to prevent this second truce from happening and claimed officially that it never did, but several accounts from soldiers still exist — including this diary by Private Robert Keating, which has recently been donated to a Welsh military archive: 1915 WW1 diary gives account of second Christmas truce Here's an excerpt from the article with quotes from Keating's diary: Keating also explains how British soldiers shouted greetings to the German soldiers "over the way" on the morning of Christmas Day. Then, when they saw them standing on their parapets, they decided to greet them and "chatted about old England" despite shouts from an officer to return. Keating goes on to say that their German counterparts said they "were absolutely fed up" and believed "the war would end in a few months in our favour". Later, he tells how a senior officer "came round the trenches and told every fellow to shoot any German he saw" but "no one took any notice". Then, on Christmas evening, after a "good supply" of rum had been commandeered, he explains how he was roused from his shelter to find Scots Guards and RWF, now known as the Royal Welsh, clustered around a "burning brazier" on top of a parapet. He writes: "The Germans were sending up star lights and singing - they stopped, so we cheered them and we began singing Land of Hope and Glory and Men of Harlech et cetera - we stopped and they cheered us. "So we went on till the early hours of the morning and the only thing that brought us down was one of our machine guns being turned on us - fortunately, no one was killed."