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Perhaps the biggest misconception about the Christmas Truce of 1914 is
that it was limited to the days around Christmas. In fact,
fraternization had often occurred in war; it wasn’t all that uncommon
for soldiers who had been shooting at one another one day to wave a
white flag to exchange food or drink the next. While largely
discouraged, such activities happened all the time, even under the
threat of serious punishment.
“The evidence for football being played is from letters and various
other paperwork from individual soldiers,” added Baker. “It gets no
mention in unit war diaries, regimental histories etc and indeed some
men wrote that they simply did not believe that it had taken place.
“The circumstances of the cratered nature of the ground, presence of
barbed wire defenses and so on, plus the very short time over which
fraternization occurred, make it most improbable that we are talking
about a properly organized game,” Baker suggested. “A kick-about is
probably nearer the mark. The only place where even two British reports mention football was on the front of 15th Infantry Brigade, but no corroborating German evidence from that sector has been found.”
Og nogle faktiske fejl er angivet her :
A very common error in First World War films. British soldiers were
not permitted to shave their upper lips until 1916 - in 1914 almost
all (unless physically unable to grow them) would have had moustaches.
In the scene right after the couple sings, they mention that they
first met five years ago, in Oslo, Norway. However the city had been
known as Christiania since 1624, and was only changed to Oslo in 1924,
after the time period of this movie.