Robert Walsh

Freelance writer from Cornwall

The First World War, A Fight Right To The End.

Robert Walsh

Sergeant Henry Gunther, the last battlefield casualty of the First World War.

At 11am on November 11, 1918 the guns finally fell silent, ending four long years of misery and bloodshed unrivalled in history at that point. With the fighting now officially over, the troops on all sides could, with relief at its end and sorrow at its horror, finally lay down their arms and wait for orders to return home. The First World War was finally over. It was the last day of the First World War. For a great many soldiers on both sides it would also be their last day alive…

The fighting continued right up until the official Armistice at 11am. Distinguished American historian Joseph Persico cites a figure of around 11,000 men killed in action on November 11, 1918. Armistice Day had worse casualties than D Day, June 6, 1944. You might think, in the…

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