It was at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month back in 1918, when the Great War ended. The armistice was signed in Ferdinand Foch's railway carriage in the remote Forest of Compiègne, north of Paris, and came into force at six hours later, at 11am, ending the fighting on the Western Front. It brought a victory for the Allies and a complete defeat for Germany. The First World War left nine million soldiers dead and twenty-one million wounded, with Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, France, and Great Britain each losing nearly a million or more lives.

On top of that five million civilians died from disease, starvation, or exposure. Today we remember all those lives lost during this tragic period of our history, and the lessons learnt from it.  I would encourage you all to watch the video below and listen to the guns actually stop.  Listen to the birds start chirping and then return to this article, as unlike WWI it isn't over yet ...

Thanks for coming back, it's appreciated.  Today of course is Remembrance Day, which is an important day when we pay our respects to all of those brave people who sacrificed so much.  Like you all I purchased my poppy and I observed two minutes of silence.  Today isn't the only day though that the team here at 'The History Project' do their bit to help us never forget.  Of course you can't remember something you are unaware of, and we teach children about both world wars every week.  So today when I opened my emails and read this, today of all days it put a smile on my face...

The children thoroughly enjoyed the session with you and it was a great way to start our WW2 topic. Since Tuesday they have been making links between our towns history and WW2, and this was down to you! They have even suggested that we see you again at the end of term so they can share their learning.

Now as a non-profit life is a struggle trying to deliver these experiences to schools, and we are constantly fund-raising.  Can you donate the value of a cup of coffee to a great cause? If so click here!