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Spontaneous and unauthorized ending of fighting and leaving one’s own position with a view to making direct contact with enemy soldiers. Precise details of the extent of fraternizing are, of course, not available. The available sources, however, show clearly that the center of these events is to be found in those sectors of the Western Front in which German and British soldiers faced one another. Individual acts of camaraderie at Christmas, and informal truces, were also reported from German-French sectors and from the Eastern Front.

The most spectacular case of fraterni…

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Jahr, Christoph, “Fraternizing”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 05 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2015

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