Dateline 1914: Letter that tells the grim truth about Christmas in the trenches

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To many First World War soldiers, the Christmas Truce of 1914 was a morale-boosting break from the horrors of trench warfare.

But the famous day when the British exchanged gifts and played a game of football with their German enemy was not remembered fondly by everyone on the Western Front.

A letter written at the time by a young soldier to his father tells of experiences which were a far cry from the impromptu sporting events and carol singing experienced by other troops.

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