Christmas 1914 – Football and WWI

23 Dec

With Christmas just two days away, perhaps a stroll back in time is appropriate to honor some fallen heroes and the game of football itself. WWI, also referred to as the Great War or the War to End All Wars, was one of the bloodiest and catastrophic engagements in human history. All told, almost 10 million people lost their lives.

But amid this chaos, on Christmas on the Western Front, both sides laid down their arms for one day. They met in no man’s land and fraternized, sang carols, and played football – a lot of football. It is truly one of the most fascinating stories ever told and I implore all of you to pick up a book and read about it.

In the meantime, I refer you to Tom Adams’ article on ESPN Soccernet for a deeper look at this truly historical event.

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