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Snipers shot British soldiers on Christmas Day 1914

The Centenary of the Christmas Truce of 1914 is receiving much media coverage, but it was not universally observed. At one point of the British front line, near the French village of Festubert, there was no fraternising and the war … Continue reading

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Peace Collective releases Christmas Truce single ‘All Together Now’

Well-known musicians have joined forces with young footballers from the UK and Germany to create a single that recalls the Christmas Truce of 1914. The song – a version of All Together Now by The Farm – is sung by … Continue reading

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Duke of Cambridge backs Football Remembers project

The Duke of Cambridge has announced his support for Football Remembers, a national commemoration that will mark the centenary of the Christmas Truce in 1914. Professional, amateur and school football teams will join in a series of activities between now and … Continue reading

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Exhibition focuses on Gordon Highlanders in the First World War

An exhibition focusing on the Gordon Highlanders and their experience during the first months of the First World War has opened at the regiment’s museum in Aberdeen. Shattered Hopes: The Gordon Highlanders in 1914 follows the unit throughout the battles … Continue reading

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Premier League to finance football pitch in Ypres

The Premier League is to build an all-weather football pitch in Belgium as part of World War I Centenary commemorations. The Daily Mirror reports that a high-tech ‘3G’ pitch will be opened in Ypres and will be the venue for … Continue reading

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Memorial to Christmas Truce footballers

In December 1914 the field behind the cross contained a crop of turnips, but that didn’t stop men of the German and British armies playing football between their front lines. The author Henry Williamson, who served with the London Rifle … Continue reading

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Plans for football games to mark Centenary of World War I

The UK press is today reporting plans for football matches to be played as part of the commemoration of the Centenary of World War I. Andrew Murrison, minister in charge of overseeing the commemorations, told the Guardian: ‘I think football has … Continue reading

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Christmas Truce 1914

‘All this morning we have been fraternising, singing songs. I have been within a yard in front of their trenches, have spoken to and exchanged greetings with a colonel, staff officers and several company officers. All were very nice and … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve 1914

‘On our side they sang Christmas songs in full harmony, then afterwards some national songs. If someone offered a solo, the other side applauded. ‘The French kept as quiet as mice as they listened to the Christmas hymns which no … Continue reading

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