December 1914

An important match

On the Western Front at Christmas 1914 there were moments of fraternization between the opposing trenches: truces, exchange of greetings or small gifts, toast, “friendly” soccer games. These were spontaneous initiatives of small departments, convinced that the war would not last long. The fraternization were banned and severly punished by the commands, who could not tolerate sagging morale and combativeness. In successive Christmas these fraternization not repeated.