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German Cricket Match, May 1916


charlie962

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I suspect it is part of a cunning plan- perhaps to divert attention from tunnelling? Or else- if you cant beat them, join them.

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That is amazing Charlie; would the date be 29th March 1916 and the entry actually made three days later? It would qualify as a classic April Fool.

 

Pete.

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Hello,

the first Cricket Club in Germany was founded in 1858 in Berlin by English and American citizens. The first German Cricket Organisation, soley devoted to represent German Cricket Clubs was founded in 1912. In 1922 a German Cricket Club played a team of the occupational British forces of the Rhineland.

see (in German): http://cricket.de/der-dcb/geschichte/1858-1988/

GreyC

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There's a lot of talk  on Skindles about cricket  But  no-one ever answered the question  in this thread.  Any further thoughts please ?

Charlie

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On ‎01‎/‎07‎/‎2017 at 14:51, charlie962 said:

I suspect it is part of a cunning plan- perhaps to divert attention from tunnelling? Or else- if you cant beat them, join them.

The traditional way to divert attention from tunnelling is a vaulting horse.

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I suspect that is a fiction, possibly to relieve the boredom of trench life. Having thirteen men (fifteen if they had umpires) standing mostly motionless, in daylight and wearing white clothes, in a position from which they could be shot at by the enemy seems a bit stupid. If it were otherwise, surely we would have more reports of matches on the British side, to compare with the famous reports of football matches at Christmas 1914.

 

Ron

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Hi Charlie,

does it say what German unit(s)  where opposite the 1stBn East Surreys? Such a game would surely have been mentioned in a regimental history if such exists.

GreyC

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18 hours ago, GreyC said:

Hi Charlie,

does it say what German unit(s)  where opposite the 1stBn East Surreys? Such a game would surely have been mentioned in a regimental history if such exists.

GreyC

 

The East Surrey‘s parent division - 5th, was occupying the front roughly from St Laurent-Blany to the southern edge of Vimy Ridge to the east of Arras. The 5th Div War Diary records that two prisoners were taken on 5th June, one each from KB 1.RIR and KB 2.RIR. This would indicate the Bavarian 1st Reserve Infanterie Division was in the line. From the OH part of a map from late February 1916.

 

Charlie

 

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