HOUR BY HOUR
11 November 1918
Allied Admiral Sir Rosslyn Wemyss phones Prime Minister Lloyd George with news of the Armistice. Wemyss then calls King George V.
A message that hostilities will cease at 11am is sent out to the British by bike, telegraph, horseback and motorbike.
The New York Times front page reads: ‘Armistice signed, end of the war!’
The British War Cabinet decides full military celebrations will be allowed.
US gun batteries attach ropes to the firing mechanisms of their weapons, so hundreds can fire the war’s last shot.
In the German trenches, enemy troops hear the American guns fall silent.
Suddenly a quiet descends along much of the frontline.
At Buckingham Palace, the king addresses a large crowd: “Thank God for the victories which the Allied armies have won and brought hostilities to an end and peace within sight.”