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This Day in History, November 11, 1918: World War I Ends


On this day in history, November 11th, 1918, the armistice was signed between Germany and the Allies, ending the First World War. The armistice was the culmination of a coordinated Allied offensive extending across the western font, a distance of more than four hundred
miles. Faced with this overwhelming advance, the Germans were driven back from the territory they had fought hard to acquire over four long years of war. With the situation looking increasingly dire
with every passing day, the Germans dispatched a diplomatic delegation to the front. On the morning of November eleventh in Compiègne,France, an armistice was reached between the
Allies and Germany, declaring a cessation to hostilities on the western front effective the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month. Four years of intense fighting had cost all
combatant nations dearly, and Allied soldiers and civilians alike rejoiced. The signing of the Armistice on November eleventh became a federal holiday in the United States to honor those who served in the First World War, and helped bring it to a close. [National Anthem plays] More than thirty thousand Americans who died in the First World War are buried overseas. The American Battle Monuments Commission commemorates the sacrifice of those who fell, through the care of the hallowed grounds in which they lie. [General Pershing speaks]

Stephen Childs

29 Comments

  1. A fitting salute to our oft forgotten WWI veterans by a veteran who dearly knows the cost of war. Thanks Max!

  2. This is the saddest day in history… The day Prussian dominance over Europe ended..

  3. As an Australian- Lest We Forget. We celebrate with Remembrance Day, November 11tn. We hold a minute of silence at 11:00 to remember those who fell fighting for their country.

  4. Veteran day has become to corporate.. I am a Veteran and hate how everything is Veterans day sale BS

  5. this video is so over americanised they only joind the war 1 year before it ended like chill out others got so much worse

    lest we forget

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