Man Utd juniors to take part in Tournament honoring 1914 Christmas Truce
The heart-warming tale of a football match played on a First World War battlefield during a Christmas truce in 1914 will be honoured by young players from four of Europe's top clubs this week in the Belgian town of Ypres.
The Christmas Truce tournament which starts on Friday and is organised by the Premier League features junior sides from English champions Manchester United, Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, Genk from Belgium and and France's Lens.
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link. the first world war is my field of study, and it's hard to imagine a more pointless, or destructive, conflict. for those of you who aren't familiar, here's a link to more information about the christmas truce. there's also been a movie produced about it.
[T]he Germans set trees on trench parapets and lit the candles. Then, they began singing carols, and though their language was unfamiliar to their enemies, the tunes were not. After a few trees were shot at, the British became more curious than belligerent and crawled forward to watch and listen. And after a while, they began to sing.
By Christmas morning, the "no man's land" between the trenches was filled with fraternizing soldiers, sharing rations and gifts, singing and (more solemnly) burying their dead between the lines. Soon they were even playing soccer, mostly with improvised balls.
According to the official war diary of the 133rd Saxon Regiment, "Tommy and Fritz" kicked about a real football supplied by a Scot. "This developed into a regulation football match with caps casually laid out as goals. The frozen ground was no great matter... he game ended 3-2 for Fritz."