Freelance writer from Cornwall
100 years ago today saw, finally, the beginning of the end.
Part of the Allied delegation at Compiegne, outside the train carriage in which terms were agreed and the Armistice signed.
As the world knows, the Armistice to end the First World War officially came into effect at 11am on November 11, 1918. What fewer people know is that the terms of peace (the Germans wanted to attach conditions while the Allies demanded total, unconditional surrender) had been secretly discussed in a railway carriage in the Forest of Compiegne for several days previously. The German government had sued for peace on November 6 and it was on November 8 that Allied and German delegations met. The Germans, frightened by the severity of the deal offered, wanted to negotiate easier terms. The head of the Allied delegation, Marshal Ferdinand Foch of the French Army, wasn’t there to negotiate terms. He was there to dictate them.
It was obvious from the peace deal…
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