TAR­GET­ING THE FACTS

Tweed Daily News - - OPINION -

■ The Western Front stretched from the North Sea coast of Bel­gium south­ward through France.

■ World War I of­fi­cially ended with the sign­ing of the Treaty of Ver­sailles on June 28, 1919.

■ Ger­many ac­cepted the blame for World War I and had to pay for the dam­age caused, es­ti­mated to to­tal about $35 bil­lion. It was only in 2010 that Ger­many paid off its war debt.

■ Out of the 324,000 Aus­tralians who served over­seas dur­ing World War I, around 61,720 were killed and 155,000 were wounded.

■ On the first an­niver­sary of the ar­mistice in 1919 two min­utes’ si­lence was pro­posed by Aus­tralian jour­nal­ist Ed­ward Honey as part of the main com­mem­o­ra­tive cer­e­mony at a Ceno­taph in Lon­don.

■ After the end of World War II, the Aus­tralian and Bri­tish gov­ern­ments changed the name of Ar­mistice Day to Re­mem­brance Day.

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