During WWI, Brits and Germans played soccer in the trenches, a Christmas truce that reminds us: war is war, and soccer is something much better.
It took place on Christmas Day 1914, when men from opposing armies briefly stopped trying to kill each other and met to exchange Christmas greetings, and even, the story goes, to play soccer.
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The following day, British and German soldiers met in no man's land and exchanged gifts, took photographs and some played impromptu games of football. They also buried casualties and repaired trenches and dugouts. After Boxing Day, meetings in no man's land dwindled out. The truce was not observed everywhere along the Western Front.
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The football match during the 1914 Christmas truce has become one of the most iconic moments of the First World War. But there is still some debate about whether football really featured in the truce. Here, Professor Mark Connelly from the University of Kent, and Taff Gillingham, a military historian who worked on a 1914 advert for supermarket Sainsbury's, share their verdicts….
On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (24 and 25 December) 1914, Alfred Anderson's unit of the 1st/5th Battalion of the Black Watch was billeted in a farmhouse away from the front line. In a later interview (2003), Anderson, the last known surviving Scottish veteran of the war, vividly recalled Christmas Day and said:
As everyone knows, the main feature of the First World War’s Christmas truce was an impromptu football match (soccer to Americans), which is featured in all the memorials to the 1914 armistice.