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First World War Cartoon - Joffre

A cartoonist sketches out the grim stalemate of WWI through the metaphor of football.

Trick film 1915 1 mins Silent


This surviving fragment of an unidentified film is reminiscent of the famous Christmas ceasefire kickabout of 1914. Yet its message is much darker, as the Commanders in Chief of the French and German armies (Joseph Joffre and Kaiser Wilhelm II himself) are effectively committing their soldiers' lives to a long conflict in which a draw is not an option.