The Christmas truce of 1914 is legendary, and has long been upheld as a unique example of mutual sympathy in the thick of a violent war. But it wasn't unique. Other, older examples of fraternisation have been less well-remembered, and an article from Findmypast's Newspaper Collection sheds some light on one of these original truces, which took place during the Peninsular War, in defiance of Wellington's order that any fraternisation with the enemy should be punished by death.

You can meet some of the men who took part in the original Christmas truce in our Peninsular War British Army Officers records!

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