War shooting, athletics between the two teams at the opposite ends of a rope, each team trying to drag each other in a center line. In some forms of play, a band or handkerchief tied around the center of the rope, and the other two are attached to six feet (1.8 meters) on each side. Three corresponding lines are marked on the ground. The game ends when one team shoots the other to make the tape on the losing side of a geodesic signal on the winning side. The competition is decided by the best two of three. A rural pastime in England and Scotland, the war of fire was an Olympic event 1900-1920, with five men on one side. It has often been an outdoor competition in Scottish games and other large social gatherings in the 20th century.
Many children’s games also have a war of fire. Perhaps the best known is the British corrode “Oranges and lemons”, which refers to the bells of the churches of London. Two children form an arch with their arms: a child is “orange” and is a “lemons”. All children are deposited under the singing bow:
“Oranges and lemons,” say the bells of St. Clement.
“You owe me five things,” say the bells of San Martin.
“When to pay me?” Old Bailey bells say.
“When I grow up,” say Shoreditch’s bells.
“Pray, when will it be?” They say the bells of Stepney.
“I’m sure I do not know,” said the big bow bell.
The children form the arms of arc flow and “capture” a child for the lines,
Here is a candle that will take you to bed
Here is a chopper that cuts off the head.
The child chooses oranges or lemons caught and placed behind the child is the fruit. When all the children were captured and chose sides, both parties have a war of fire to determine the winner.