Day: November 8, 2018

Armistice Centenary: Last to fall (Pt.3 of 4)

Armistice Centenary: Last to fall (Pt.3 of 4)

5:12 a.m., Nov. 11, 1918  After three days of negotiations, Allied and German representatives meet in a railway carriage parked in a forest clearing northeast of Paris and sign an agreement to end four years of fighting. Germany wants the ceasefire to come into effect immediately, but the Allies want time to get word to front-line troops. As a result, the armistice starts six hours later, at 11 a.m. 5:40  News of the ceasefire reaches the belligerents’ capital cities long before it reaches front-line soldiers. Celebrations begin in London and Paris before word arrives in the trenches. Most soldiers assume it is just another day in the long war and are concerned with simply staying alive. Many will die before 11 a.m., including 863 British Empire soldiers. The Americans in particular ta...

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