Today in History: Great War Ends
At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ends.
The armistice between the Allies and Germany – also known as the Armistice of Compiègne ,after the location it was signed – was the agreement that ended the fighting in the First World War.
At 5 a.m. that morning, disadvantaged with lack of manpower and supplies and faced with imminent invasion, Germany signed an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car outside Compiégne, France.
The First World War left nine million soldiers dead and 21 million wounded, with Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, France, and Great Britain each losing nearly a million or more lives.
In addition, at least five million civilians died from disease, starvation, or exposure.