The story behind the truce

100 years ago on Christmas Eve, 1914, the Britain and Germany were at war. The british empire was a part of the Allied Powers that was fighting against the Central Powers with which Germany was affiliated. It was during this time of war that there was a unofficial ceasefire along the Western Front. British and German soldiers their trenches and met opposing forces, played football, sung Christmas carols together, and experienced peace for a small moment in the extended time of World War I. 

Here's an excellent feature on the truce produced by

Sainsbury's Christmas Ad - Celebrating a 100-year anniversary

Sainsbury produced this thoughtful ad that tells the story in a cinematic way. Well done, Sainsbury! 

Banner image credit: London News's illustration of the Christmas Truce: "British and German Soldiers Arm-in-Arm Exchanging Headgear: A Christmas Truce between Opposing Trenches". Originally published in The Illustrated London News, January 9, 1915.