An historic football match between British and German troops on Christmas Day in 1914 is to be recreated under plans to mark the centenary of World War One.

There will be six state occasions, school trips to battlefields and exhibitions backed by historians and the government who have set aside £50million for the commemorations. A number of debates about the reasons why the war started have also been planned. Almost a million British soldiers lost their lives in the four-year conflict.

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