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Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats

We Will Remember Them..

November 11, 2018 11:00 AM
Originally published by East Suffolk Liberal Democrats

Lest we Forget..
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On Nov. 11, 1918, fighting in World War I came to an end following the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany that called for a ceasefire effective at 11 a.m.- it was on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

The terms of the agreement called for the cessation of fighting along the entire Western Front to begin at precisely 11 am that morning. After over four years of bloody conflict, the Great War was at an end.

"...at the front there was no celebration."

"What was to come next? They did not know - and hardly cared. Their minds were numbed by the shock of peace. The past consumed their whole consciousness. The present did not exist-and the future was inconceivable."

Colonel Gowenlock's account appears in Gowenlock, Thomas R., Soldiers of Darkness (1936), reprinted in Angle, Paul, M., The American Reader (1958); Simkins, Peter, World War I, the Western Front (1991).

"Armistice - The End of World War I, 1918," EyeWitness to History, www.eyewitnesstohistory.com (2004).