First World War Diaries Reveal ‘Sports’ Played in the Trenches

Posted by admin on May 26, 2014

Pillow fights, wheelbarrow races, and wrestling on mules were among entertainments arranged by officers to maintain morale among British troops in the trenches during the first world war, according to a sports day programme dated 31 October 1914 – among more than 700 digitised war diaries made available online by the National Archives.

Other “company sports” designed to take minds off the battles included blindfold squad drill, blindfold driving, tug of war, a boat race, and a high jump.

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