On November 11, 1918 for five hours at night, the German surrender in a train carriage on the Western Front in Rethondes (Forêt de Compiègne Forest Compiegne) drawn by Foch and the German delegation, but the truce was only for 11 hours. During the last 6 hours were many casualties on both sides, while the surrender had been signed.
In Germany shortly before the Weimar Republic was proclaimed in Bavaria and was even briefly a Communist regime to power. Kaiser Wilhelm II fled to the Netherlands and Friedrich Ebert and Philipp Scheidemann turned to the allies for signs of a truce. They sent the moderate Matthias Erzberger and Müller to the negotiations at Compiegne. Here Erzberger signed the armistice. On November 11, 1918 at 11:00 am ended the war. The stab legend was thus born, the German army was not defeated, but was betrayed by the revolution. Three years later, embittered by extreme right-wing veterans Erzberger be shot.
The First World War was over, the ceasefire is a fact. The train car was later on June 24, 1940 on the orders of Hitler, taken to Berlin. This car was first exhibited to the public while the Brandenburg Gate and later put on a siding in several places. Finally, the wagon in April 1945 set on fire by the SS, again on the orders of Hitler. Now there is at Compiegne Rethondes a replica of this car.
Since 1965 the Flemish organization calls on November 11th 11/11/1911 annually in an ambitious campaign focus on global issues. The aim is to promote world peace through exploitation of the South by the North to counter.
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