ARMISTICE ~ PEACE
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
AGENDA for VERSAILLES 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"
Leaders of the Big Four at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference.
(from left) David Lloyd George (British Prime Minister), Vittorio Orlando (Italian Prime Minister), Georges Clemenceau (French Prime Minister), Woodrow Wilson (United States President).
Brass shellcase, ex-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.
Matchsafe (above), ex-my collection, depicts the symbols of Germany (Crown button), the Peace of 1919, and a lady awaiting the return of her loved one from Calais ?
Brass shell pair (below), ex-my collection, engraved with "PEACE" and "VICTORY", with a souvenir ashtray showing Foch's railway carriage
Ornate "silk" card, remembering the 1919 Treaty of Versailles
(courtesy of Yesterday and Today)
"Souvenir" Mugs, for the "1919 PEACE"