British and German troops meet in no man’s land, Dec. 26, 1914. In an extraordinary and spontaneous act, up to 100,000 men met between the trench lines to exchange tobacco, food, and liquor in celebration of Christmas. Some even played a soccer match, which the British lost 3-2. Soon enough, the killing began again. The next Christmas, British high command ordered an artillery bombardment to prevent any repeat of the events of Christmas 1914. Imperial War Museum photo
The Imperial War Museum photograph captures the oddity of the Christmas Truce, where British and German troops met in no man’s land, Dec. 26, 1914.