TARGETING THE FACTS
■ 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.