1918 End of World War I
11th November 1918 - 100 years since the end of World War I.
On 11th November 1918, the armistice of Compiègne - between the German Reich and the two Western powers France and Great Britain was signed in a railway carriage east of Compiègne in a clearing near Rethondes.
As head of the ceasefire commission, Reichstag deputy Matthias Erzberger was authorized to sign the Compiègne ceasefire agreement, which after four long years formally ended the First World War. Erzberger did not know that he also signed his own death sentence. (He was regarded as a traitor by many on the political right and murdered in 1921).
The gloomy prognosis of the French Marshal Ferdinand Foch, the Commander in Chief of the Entente, who had accepted the German surrender on 11th November 1918, that this was merely "a truce on time" and no peace, came true 20 years later with the German invasion of Poland, the beginning of the Second World War.