11th Nov 1918: The Armistice is Signed Ending Hostilities at 11am

Armistice paintingHaving been given 72 hours to agree to the Allied demands amounting to a complete German demilitarisation, the German delegation headed by Matthias Erzberger agreed and at 5.20am the Armistice was signed aboard Marshal Foch’s private train parked in a railway siding in Compiegne Forest. The Armistice would come into effect at eleven am on the eleventh day of the eleventh month bringing to an end a four year war that had cost over 11 million military and 8 million civilian lives. Meanwhile in the final hours Canadian forces captured Mons in Belgium, the place where the British Expeditionary Force first engaged the German Army in August 1914.

For the 22nd Battalion the news of the Armistice was received at Battalion Headquarters at 10.30 am and a runner was sent to carry the good news to the men who were on parade. The Battalion Band marched through the village playing national anthems and the Australian and French flags were hoisted on the spire of the St. Vaast church

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  1. The Armistice of 11 November 1918 was the armistice that ended fighting on land, sea and air in World War I between the Allies and their opponent, Germany . Previous armistices had been agreed with Bulgaria , the Ottoman Empire and the Austro-Hungarian Empire . Also known as the Armistice of Compiegne from the place where it was signed, it came into force at 11 a.m. Paris time on 11 November 1918 (“the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”) and marked a victory for the Allies and a defeat for Germany, although not formally a surrender.

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