Is the legendary no man’s land football match fact or fiction?

It is regarded as historical fact that during Christmas 1914 – the first Christmas of the First World War – widespread ceasefires took place across the Western Front.

After five months of fighting, hostilities soothed, French, German and British soldiers laid down their arms, crossed trenches and met in no man’s land on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to talk, exchange gifts and take photographs.

However, a tale that has become hazy in the fogs of time is that of the Christmas Day football match between the British and the Germans.

It’s a romantic, wholesome tale – but did it actually happen?

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