Monday, 5 January 2015

Dr Adams in big demand for WW1 commemorations

Dr Iain Adams recently visited Germany to help the British Army recreate the World War One Christmas Truce football match.

Dr Adams travelled to the Adventurous Training HQ at Sennelager to deliver a briefing on the Truce to British Officers and the Westfalen Garrison.

Soldiers from the 20th Army Brigade of the British Army and the 21st Panzer Brigade at Paderborn then faced each other on the football field, with the British team going on to claim a 4-0 victory.

The event was covered by Radio Hochstift, who interviewed Dr Adams about the Christmas Truce during half-time. Dr Adams returned to the UK to deliver a very well received presentation at The National Archives at Kew on 'A Game for Christmas: Football on the Western Front, December 1914' - to listen to the podcast please click here.

He also attended the opening of the National Football Museum's exhibition 'The Greater Game - Football & The First World War', and watched the performance of his play 'A Game for Christmas' by pupils from Cheetham Primary School.

Dr Adams met with sculptor Andy Edwards (creator of the Stanley Matthews sculptures at Stoke's Britannia Stadium) and Chris Butler (CEO of Castle Fine Arts Foundry) to discuss the progress of the 'All Together Now' Christmas Truce commemorative work and he also had a chapter included in a book published to coincide with the opening of the exhibition.

Numerous UK media outlets covered the story including the Telegraph and the BBC. Internationally it was used in Pakistan, The Gulf Times, Poland, Germany, Canada and the USA.

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