Jubilation around the world, the Armistice has been signed.

Jubilation around the world, the Armistice has been signed.

On November 11, 1918, the Great War, World War I ends. At 5 a.m. that morning, Germany, bereft of manpower and supplies and faced with imminent invasion, signed an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car outside Compiégne, France. The First World War which began on June 28, 1914 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.

Armistice carriage Compiègne

World War I was known as the “war to end all wars” because of the great slaughter and destruction it caused. Unfortunately, the peace treaty that officially ended the conflict—the Treaty of Versailles of 1919—forced punitive terms on Germany that destabilized Europe and laid the groundwork for World War II.Around the world, November 11th became a day to remember the brave people who participated in the war and eventually all veterans.  In the United States, we have Veterans Day.  In other parts of the world it is Armistice Day and Remembrance Day.

Veterans_Day

Veterans Day, United States

Remembrance Day Canada:  Remembrance Day at the John McCrae House (birthplace, museum, & memorial) in Guelph, Ontario Canada. A detail shot of the "altar" of the memorial, with the complete poem "In Flander's Fields" & the line "LEST WE FORGET" inscribed on it. 2 Canadian remembrance day poppy pins & part of a wreath are visible.

Remembrance Day Canada: Remembrance Day at the John McCrae House (birthplace, museum, & memorial) in Guelph, Ontario Canada. A detail shot of the “altar” of the memorial, with the complete poem “In Flander’s Fields” & the line “LEST WE FORGET” inscribed on it. 2 Canadian remembrance day poppy pins & part of a wreath are visible.

Remembrance Day, London

Remembrance Day, London

Remembrance Day Australia

Remembrance Day Australia

NaBloPoMo November 2013

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5 responses

  1. Ann Koplow says:

    Thanks so much for this wonderful post.

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  2. Thank you Maryann.Wonderful. Sorry I didn’t see it earlier.

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  3. Janine says:

    I love reading your posts because you are so succinct. You are a very good writer. This sentence, “forced punitive terms on Germany that destabilized Europe and laid the groundwork for World War II” covers so much ground in just one sentence.

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