Football Remembered at Christmas
11 December 2014
The famous Christmas Truce, exactly 100 years ago this
Christmas, has always been linked with football. Take this
opportunity to learn more about football during the two world wars
with our Glory Days resource.
Soldiers sing carols in the trenches, then emerge hesitantly
into no-man's land to greet one another… and play football. We know
that in some parts of the frontline in northern France and
Flanders, soldiers fraternised during the days around Christmas in
After lighting candles and singing carols, hymns, and
popular songs, some Commonwealth, French and German soldiers came
together with their enemies to share food, drink and cigarettes,
swap souvenirs and compare photographs. This has become known as
the 'Christmas Truce'.
A handful of soldiers' letters and diaries mention kicking a
ball around between the lines. We used these stories, and others,
to created an interactive, micro-site to engage pupils in
the history of football and the Two world wars.
This interactive resource engages pupils through video and audio
clips, animation, primary sources and lesson activities. Glory
Days tells some of the footballer's stories and looks at how
the CWGC remembers them by recording their details and looking
after their graves and memorials.
Click here to access the
Glory Days site.