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BBC Two Among all the vi­tal telly stuff this year about the cen­te­nary of the first world war, I won­der if we should spare a tiny re­flec­tion, this very morn­ing of any morn, on the role played by a plump for­mer teacher from Würt­tem­burg. Matthias Erzberger, var­i­ously de­scribed as “mild-man­nered” and “self-serv­ing”, was the Ger­man sig­na­tory to the ar­mistice, in the Com­piègne for­est 100 years ago as of pre­cisely… now… and, by scratch­ing out his sig­na­ture at 11 o’clock, against aching re­proaches from ev­ery pa­tri­otic bone in his body, pre­vented, it might be strongly ar­gued, thou­sands if not tens of thou­sands of fur­ther need­less deaths.

This and much more was be­ing ex­plored in the drama WWI: The Fi­nal Hours, a sober, lu­cid, dev­as­tat­ing ex­plo­ration of the three days in a rail­way car­riage in which the ar­mistice was be­ing ne­go­ti­ated by Erzberger, Mar­shal Fer­di­nand Foch, “a short man with a fond­ness for cheap cigars”, and dash­ing naval hero Ross­lyn Wemyss. The two mil­i­tary men bonded, but not with Erzberger, a pro­pa­gan­dist who had never seen com­bat, much

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