Sunday, December 25, 2016

Peace for Christmas

Paul McCartney's tribute to the Christmas Truce of 1914, Pipes of Peace YouTube dated 07/19/2016 has a somewhat sentimental summary of the even Christmas Truce of 1914 (undated).

Here's a story from today - literally - about the “1914-2016, Great Britain vs. Germany Christmas Football” event (E.B. Boyd, German, British soldiers commemorate WWI Christmas Truce on Kabul soccer field Stars and Stripes 12/25/2016):
On that first Christmas of World War I, German and British soldiers laid down their weapons, climbed out of their trenches, and celebrated the holiday together in the no-man’s land that lay between them. According to some accounts, impromptu games of soccer broke out.

In Sunday’s match, soldiers took to the pitch — a soccer field long ago transformed into a helicopter landing zone — for two 20-minute halves. The sidelines were a confetti of uniforms as soldiers from NATO partner countries, including Australia, Italy, Romania, Belgium, and Czech Republic, together with officers from the Afghan army. A handful of Afghans from a school next door spilled through a gate and watched from the far side of the field.
No word on whether on whether any Taliban fighters took part.

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