The winner of the Christmas Day football match was…

The Christmas Day truce of 1914 – when, for a few precious hours, British and German troops laid down their weapons and fraternised in no man’s land – is one of the most poignant events of the entire war


We know that, at various points up and down the western front, the combatants emerged from their trenches and sang carols together, shared wine and cigarettes, and even donned fancy dress. And we’re also told that they took each other on at a game of football, which the Germans apparently won 3:2.


The fact of the matter is that evidence for this game is scant. Men did play football, but the players may well have been entirely British. Either way, the authorities took a dim view of the truce, and the two sides would return to killing each other in a matter of hours.