Very few, one suspects, thought during the now famous
Christmas Truce on the Western Front during our first Christmas at war that we
would still be at war four years later. In those, now very distant days the
army in France and Flanders had about 150,000 men. Today it is reckoned that
there are over two million, a thirteen-fold increase. The Bedfordshire Regiment
had two battalions at the front then - four more have joined them since and a fifth
is fighting in Palestine. Where will we be next Christmas?