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On This Day… The Day The Guns Stopped Firing

Written by: George Chittenden : 12 Jun 2019

It was on this day, at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month back in 1918, 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.

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