St George's Park National football Centre - All Together Now

World War One had been raging for several months but, during Christmas 1914, German and Allied soldiers stepped out of their trenches, shook hands and agreed a truce so the dead could be buried. The soldiers also used that truce to chat with one another and even play a football match. Unofficial truces between opposing forces occurred at other times during World War One but never on the scale of that first Christmas truce.

Research released by the British Council in 2014 found that the Christmas truce was one of the most recognised moments of the First World War, with more than two-thirds of UK adults aware.

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Taken on October 12, 2012
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