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At the front there was bewildered relief when the guns ceased to fire. There was no fraternisation and little rejoicing. In England people were less restrained.

In London work ceased in shops and offices, as news of the armistice spread. Crowds surged through the street, often led by airmen and Dominion troops on leave. Omnibuses were seized , and people in strange garments danced on the open upper decks. A bonfire heaped on the plinth of Nelson's column in Trafalgar Square has left its mark to this day. Total strangers copulated in doorways and on the pavements. They were asserting the triumph of life over death. The celebrations continued with increasing wildness for three days, when the police finally intervened and restored order.

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