Signing the Armistice


It was the ‘war to end all wars’. Allan George charts the momentous events leading up to the signing of the Armistice.

When The When The Guns Fell Silent November 1918

While agreement had already been signed to cease hostilities between the Allies and the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires, and Imperial Russia had collapsed in 1917, the signing of the armistice with Germany in November 1918 really marked the end of the Great War. Although technically it was an armistice – a truce – in practice it marked a total defeat for Germany. This momentous document was signed in the Forest of Compiègne, France, and came into force at 11am, Paris time, on 11 November.

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