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…
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.
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An impromptu game of football kicks off between British and Italian troops, as others take some time out to rest on the hills and watch on in 1917. Courtesy Imperial War Museum via Open University
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 story goes that on December 25 1914, both German and British forces laid down their weapons and took part in a game of football which was to be dubbed as "The Christmas Truce."
Some Germans lit Christmas trees around their trenches, and there was even a documented case of soldiers from opposing sides playing a good-natured game of soccer.