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By 1918, Germany was being defeated in most areas of the war.
German people were hungry, war weary and demanded peace.
Their Government eventually asked for an armistice.
At the eleventh day of the eleventh month, 1918, a cease-fire began.

The French delegation, in the forest of Compiègne, near the front lines of the Western Front, in front of signatory Maréchal Ferdinand Foch's personal railway carriage, in which the Armistice was signed at 5a.m. on November 11th 1918 by Foch (2nd from right) for France and anti-war politician Matthias Erzberger for Germany (not pictured).

Marshall Foch signing the Armistice

 Draft of the Conditions of Peace, dated May 1919


Versailles Treaty, 28th June 1919 (effective 10th January 1920)

Conference of Versailles

Desk where the Treaty was signed

"News of the Day 28th. June"


This Trench Art shellcase in my collection is one of a pair made for R. Miles of the Royal Engineers, to celebrate the Peace of the 28th. June. The angel embraces the rising sun.

This Trench Art matchsafe in my collection depicts the symbols of Germany (the Crown button), the Peace of 1919, and the woman no doubt awaiting the return of her loved one from Calais, France......

This Trench Art shell pair in my collection, is engraved with "PEACE" and "VICTORY" words, no doubt used commonly at that historic period in time.

Popular "Souvenir" Mugs, for the "1919 PEACE"

By convention, the last soldier to die in the Great War was Canadian Private George Lawrence Price, aged 25, conscripted October 15th 1917, who served with "A" Company, 28th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. In a November 11th offensive to take a small town, Ville-sur-Haine, he was shot, and died at 10.58 a.m. 
  (However, not all troops were notified on time, and not all believed hostilities were over, so there were further deaths after 11.00 a.m.)



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