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Over ninety years ago during World War I, British and German soldiers put down their weapons, walked out into the desolation of No-Man’s Land and shook hands. This was the Christmas cease fire of 1914. In a moment unique to the First World War, troops were given a moment of respite from the horrors of the war when soldiers exchanged gifts, looked at each others’ family photographs and played friendly games of football with the enemy.

Over ninety years ago during World War I, British and German soldiers put down their weapons, walked out into the desolation of No-Man’s Land and shook hands. This was the Christmas cease fire of 1914. In a moment unique to the First World War, troops were given a moment of respite from the horrors of the war when soldiers exchanged gifts, looked at each others’ family photographs and played friendly games of football with the enemy.

Defeated German soldier in front of burning Reichstag, Berlin, 1945 - Mark Redkin

Defeated German soldier in front of burning Reichstag, Berlin, 1945 - Mark Redkin

"This face belongs to Terry Sawchuk [wrote LIFE magazine], a 36-year-old goalie for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Re-created here, by a professional make-up artist and a doctor, are some of the more than 400 stitches he has earned during 16 years in the National Hockey League. He finally adopted a protective facemask in 1962. Sawchuk has sustained other injuries not shown here: a slashed eyeball requiring three stitches, a 70% loss of function in his right arm because 60 bone chips were removed…

"This face belongs to Terry Sawchuk [wrote LIFE magazine], a 36-year-old goalie for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Re-created here, by a professional make-up artist and a doctor, are some of the more than 400 stitches he has earned during 16 years in the National Hockey League. He finally adopted a protective facemask in 1962. Sawchuk has sustained other injuries not shown here: a slashed eyeball requiring three stitches, a 70% loss of function in his right arm because 60 bone chips were removed…

Montreal Canadiens goalie Jacques Plante first wore a mask in a game in 1959. Prior to that, goalies did not wear a masks and were routinely were hit in the face. | Plante put on a mask after he was pummeled on Nov 1 1959.

Montreal Canadiens goalie Jacques Plante first wore a mask in a game in 1959. Prior to that, goalies did not wear a masks and were routinely were hit in the face. | Plante put on a mask after he was pummeled on Nov 1 1959.

A shaved woman during the liberation of France. 1944.

A shaved woman during the liberation of France. 1944.

german soldier the little boy

german soldier the little boy

A South Vietnamese villager attempts to flee her burning village with her children as a South Vietnamese soldier approaches from behind holding a bayonet. Tay Ninh (near Saigon) July, 1963. [736x1049]

A South Vietnamese villager attempts to flee her burning village with her children as a South Vietnamese soldier approaches from behind holding a bayonet. Tay Ninh (near Saigon) July, 1963. [736x1049]

The frozen corpse of a German soldier is used as an impromptu street sign near the front line - Eastern Front, 1942

The frozen corpse of a German soldier is used as an impromptu street sign near the front line - Eastern Front, 1942

German POWs in Moscow, July 1944.

German POWs in Moscow, July 1944.

London underground during the war, 1941.

London underground during the war, 1941.