Sunday 11th November will be the date of celebrations of one hundredth anniversary of the end of the first world war, called the Armistice, signed in the forest of Compiègne, France. Emmanuel Macron will receive several heads of states, such as Donald Trump, Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris
Almost 19 million people died during the war. Military, civilians, this war was one of the deadliest conflicts of the world. It opposed the Allies, composed of France, Great Britain and the Russia against the Axe with Germany, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires. After 4 years of fights around the world (Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia), which began with the murder of the Austrian Archduke, the Allies won and signed the armistice in a wagon on the Rethondes clearing. “You have won the greatest battle in History and saved the most sacred cause, the World’s freedom,” said Marshal Ferdinand Foch, the French chief of military, after the signature.
For the German Empire, this signature was a treachery because they had to pay back all the damages of the war. The poverty in Germany due to the armistice’s economic conditions will be one of the causes that lead to Hitler’s ascension to the supreme power.
The anniversary of the end of the First World War will be followed by people all around the world.
Félix Mansard, IEJ3E