Gallery: Woodbridge School pupils engage in friendly rivalry for First World War truce match reenactment
- Credit: Simon Ballard
Pupils at a Suffolk school took to the field to recreate a fabled wartime gesture of temporary ceasefire.
Woodbridge School marked the centenary of the Christmas football match that took place on the battlefield between German and Allied troops during the First World War.
Four teams comprising members of the combined cadet force from years 11-13 lined up against each other before a round of 10 minute matches between teams from years nine and 10.
Before kick-off there was a short lecture on the Christmas truce, with all officers and cadets joining in a chorus of Silent Night.
During the afternoon, mince pies were sold to raise money for the Royal British Legion.
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The event was one of several staged across the county to commemorate the moment British and German soldiers stopped fighting and played football on Christmas Day 1914.
The brief armistice saw soldiers along the Western Front meet in No Man’s Land to spend Christmas together.
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