Football once played to halt the violence

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Hello friends!! How are you all doing?? This time I’m back with something really extraordinary that make you people standstill for while. I’m damn sure that all the football lovers will like this post from the depth of their heart. As these days, football is such a sport that can unite all the beautiful souls with almost everything to enjoy it with the immense pleasure. Besides being getting played for fun, sometimes football is being played for some noble causes as well or for narrowing the society gaps. There is one such time when it had been played for one of the most memorable cause but someone hardly remembers it. But you guys will definitely get amazed after getting a glimpse of such thing. So lets find out what’s that which is so much interesting and may be a memorable fact in the football history.

It was the time when World War I was going on, when the soldiers fighting the World War I ceased hostilities and played football with the enemy troops on the Christmas Day in 1914. Starting on Christmas Eve, many German and British troops sang Christmas carols to each other and exchanged wishes. The Christmas Truce of 1914 came only five months after the outbreak of the first World War in Europe. During World War I, on and around Christmas Day 1914, the sounds of rifles firing and shells exploding faded in a number of places along the Western Front in favor of holiday celebrations in the trenches and gestures of goodwill between enemies.

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The Christmas Truce has become one of the most famous and mythologised events of the First World War. As late on Christmas Eve 1914, men of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) heard German troops in the trenches opposite them singing carols and patriotic songs and saw lanterns and small fir trees along their trenches. Messages began to be shouted between the trenches.

The following day, British and German soldiers met in no man’s land and exchanged gifts, took photographs and some played impromptu games of football. They also buried casualties and repaired trenches and dugouts. After Boxing Day, meetings in no man’s land dwindled out.

The truce was not observed everywhere along the Western Front. Elsewhere the fighting continued and casualties did occur on Christmas Day. Some officers were unhappy at the truce and worried that it would undermine fighting spirit. After 1914, the High Commands on both sides tried to prevent any truces on a similar scale happening again. Despite this, there were some isolated incidents of soldiers holding brief truces later in the war, and not only at Christmas. In what was known as the ‘Live and Let Live’ system, in quiet sectors of the front line, brief pauses in the hostilities were sometimes tacitly agreed, allowing both sides to repair their trenches or gather their dead.

Kurt Zehmisch was a German lieutenant in the first World War. He disappeared forever in the Soviet Union in the second. In 1999, his son Rudolf found his dad’s diary in the attic. This is what Zehmisch Senior recorded for Christmas Day, 1914: “A couple of Britons brought a ball along from their trenches, and a lively game began. How fantastically wonderful and strange. The English officers experienced it like that too — that thanks to soccer and Christmas, the feast of love, deadly enemies briefly came together as friends.” It was one of several impromptu soccer matches played between British and German soldiers in No Man’s Land that Christmas. For one day — and in some sectors of the line, for several days — the enemies made a spontaneous peace.

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