Although the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month
is the time remembered as the official ending of the First
World War, the Armistice itself was actually signed six
hours earlier, at 5 am. The agreement was that fighting
would cease six hours later.
At the time of the signing of the Armistice, the Allied
Forces were winning the war against Germany. By
bringing the war to an end, some felt that the Allied
Forces were robbed of a victory. As the Armistice
was an agreement between both sides to stop the
fighting, it meant that Germany had not had to
surrender and technically had not been defeated,
although the terms of the Armistice left them pretty
If Germany broke any of the terms of the Armistice,
fighting would begin again with 48 hours notice.
Germany was ordered to provide information about
the location of mines or traps they had placed and
reveal what other things they had deliberately
destroyed or caused damage to. Whereas Germany
viewed the terms of the Armistice as too harsh, the
French saw it, and the treaty of Versailles was signed
the following year, as too lenient. The Armistice originally
lasted 30 days, but was renewed on a monthly basis up
to the point of the more permanent Treaty of Versailles
Armistice Day, Remembrance Day or Veterans Day is
commemorated in many countries involved in the first
World War on November 11th every year or the Sunday
nearest to it.
So let's all wear a red poppy in remembrance
- lest we forget.