Archive for the '1910s' Category

Tug of War Used to be an Olympic Sport

Although nowadays it’s better known as a game that kids play at summer camp, tug of war used to be an actual Olympic sport, with ten countries having competed for the coveted gold medal in the early 20th century. The rules were simple: drag the rope in your team’s direction far enough and you won. […]

Disobeying Direct Orders, British & German Soldiers Forged Their Own Christmas Truce

Although they were officially still at war, many British and German soldiers disobeyed orders and had their own impromptu truce on Christmas 1914. The two groups of soldiers, who had for months been cooped up in their respective trenches in the freezing cold, climbed up on the battlefield without their weapons, and met each other. […]