The end of the Great War
A WAR that had lasted four years, three months and one week, ended at 11am on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, in 1918, when all nations involved agreed to stop fighting while terms of peace were negotiated.
This Sunday, November 11, 2018 marks 100 years since that armistice was declared.
Guns fall silent
By early 1918, the Allied Powers (Great Britain, France, and Russia) including Australian forces, had begun to turn the tide on the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-hungary, the Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria) at the Western Front.
Having collapsed from continual military defeat and a broken morale, on November 11, 1918, at 5am (Paris time), the head of the German delegation agreed to the terms and conditions set by the Allied Powers and the armistice came into effect six hours after being signed, marking the cessation of all hostilities, and consequently the end of ‘the war to end all wars.’
The moment hostilities ceased on the Western Front (an important battleground during World War I) became universally associated with the remembrance of the ‘Great War’.