Today in History: Great War Ends

Soldiers during Great War

Soldiers during Great War

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.

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