A letter has been discovered that describes the famous truce that took place in the trenches in 1914.
The letter was written by Staff sergeant Clement Barker who sent it home just four days after Christmas almost a century ago. The truce was initiated by a German messenger who walked across No Man's Land to broker a temporary cease-fire. Sure enough, both the German and British soldiers honored the agreement and not only stopped fighting but also met up to share cigarettes and to play a game of football.
"A German looked over the trench - no shots - our men did the same, and then a few of our men went out and brought the dead in (69) and buried them and the next thing happened a football kicked out of our Trenches and Germans and English played football," Sergeant Barker had written in the letter. Sadly the cease-fire didn't last beyond Christmas - the war was to continue for another four years, a conflict which cost a further ten million lives.
"The disclosure emerged in a previously-unseen letter describing the famous match."
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