Next Goal Decides the War

Do you know of the peace that broke out every Christmas across the no man’s land of World War One? Do you know that German and British soldiers played soccer games together? Do you know that anything’s possible?

Private Ronald MacKinnon wrote of the peace that settled upon his part of the Western Front, Christmas 1916. Pte. MacKinnon wrote:

“I had quite a good Xmas considering I was on the front line. Xmas Eve was pretty stiff, sentry-go up to the hips in mud of course… We had a truce on Xmas Day and our German friends were quite friendly. They came over to see us and we traded bully beef for cigars.”

Private Ronald MacKinnon would be killed four months later by these same friendly Germans, storming Vimy Ridge, trading bombs for bullets.

You know in a nicer world, the soccer game would have decided the War, even if it had to go to shootout.


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