4 juin 2018

The Armistice of 1918

The Armistice of 1918

Discover the main events marking the signing of the Armistice of 11 November 1918

The Armistice of 1918

A historic event

It was in the Compiègne Forest – within the Rethondes Clearing, to be precise – that the Armistice was signed on 11 November 1918 at 5:15 AM between the Allies (represented by France and Great Britain) and the German plenipotentiaries. 

The Armistice delegations

The victory of Marshal Foch

The Allied delegation led by Marshal Foch welcomed the German plenipotentiaries to its headquarters set up in the 2419D carriage to begin discussions on the Armistice clauses

The Treaty of Versailles

Peace declared

Signed on 28 June 1919, the Treaty of Versailles followed upon the signing of the Armistice one year earlier and officially made peace between all the European nations.

Augustin Trébuchon

The last soldier killed during the war

A man’s fate is occasionally decided within the space of a few minutes. Such was indeed the case with Augustin Trébuchon, the last French soldier killed on the WWI front. 

The Armistice clauses

Harsh conditions

 The peace treaty took effect 6 hours after its signing. Comprising 18 articles, the treaty imposed harsh conditions on Germany, notably the disarmament of its military. 

The aftermath of World War I

A heavy toll

The First World War resulted in heavy human losses for the two sides, both French and German. Soldiers returning from the front were often traumatized and disfigured. 

Hell and art in the trenches

A moving immersion

Linger over the stereoscopic images, testifying to the difficult living conditions along the front. Also discover moving objects fashioned by soldiers in the trenches, revealing their inner lives during the war. 

Photos: Xavier Renoux- Oise Tourisme & The Armistice Carriage Association