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The World War I Armistice

Posted in Anniversary, Famous battles, World War 1 on Sunday, 31 October 2010

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Celebrating the end of the Great War. Illustration by Pat Nicolle

11 November marks the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice agreement between Germany and the Allies in 1918, ending World War I. The Great War had been fought since 1914. In September 1918, the German Supreme Command informed Kaiser Wilhelm II that the military situation was now hopeless and it was impossible to guarantee that the German lines holding back the Allies would hold for another 24 hours.

The chief signatories of the Armistice were the Allied Commander-in-Chief Marshal Ferdinand Foch and Germany’s representative Matthias  Erzberger, who met in a railway carriage in the forest of Compiegne in Picardie, France.

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