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New Editorial: 11.11.11: The End of the First World War on the Western Front

At 11am on 11 November 1918, the armistice signed earlier that day at Compiègne between representatives of Germany and of the Allied and Associated Powers made an effective end to the Great War on the Western Front (224 CTS 286). While armistices had been a common instrument of European diplomacy in the process of ending wars, the armistice of Compiègne was highly unusual.

While it was presented as an armistice, its conditions did not hide the fact that this was little else than the abject surrender of the German forces in Western Europe after the collapse of Germany’s military position in the early autumn and the fall of the Emperor Wilhelm II (1859–1941) on 9 November.

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