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The Most Powerful Images Of World War I

Tensions thawed when both sides came together for a rare temporary truce and enjoyed a football kick-around, 1915.

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Over ninety years ago, during WWI, British and German soldiers put down their weapons, walked out into the desolation of No-Man’s Land and shook hands. This was the Christmas cease fire of 1914. In a moment unique to the First World War, troops were given a moment of respite from the horrors of the war when soldiers exchanged gifts, looked at each others’ family photographs and played friendly games of football with the enemy.

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WW1 Christmas Eve, 1914, not a shot was fired, as British and German soldiers played football and handed out drinks, cigars and souvenirs. It was possibly the most poignant moment of the Great War and for several days afterwards the two sides appeared reluctant to fire on the men they had met face to face. Will we ever learn from history the futility of war? British/German

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