The Armistice

FRENCH REJOICE, END OF GREAT WAR

At around 11:15am on November the 11th, the streets of Paris began to flood with crowds of people. The war had ended, and the spontaneous celebration had begun.

The people of Paris were woken by a long-drawn-out roar, first it bothered them, but with realization that the armistice had finally been signed, they shook away the feeling of bother and gave way to the disbelief, delighted and rapt surprise. The news spread like wild fire and the roar grew. People poured out onto the streets and over-thrilled French citizens filled the boulevards, great squares and public places.

The whole of France celebrated – from the small villages to the large cities – all its citizens were rejoicing the end of the cruel war, which had a horrifying effect on its country in every aspect possible. This was the first time in a long, dark and sorrowful four years that France was able to celebrate and feel relieved.

Parades were held on the streets of Paris, where cars were driven down the streets as men jumped on them and cheered. People of all ages were gathered with noisemakers, banners and streamers. Men were waving the French flag and tying them over their shoulders. Not long after, marching bands began to make their way through the main streets, banging on their drums, blowing their trombones and striking their cymbals.

The whole country was finally relieved from the tension and burden the Great War had brought upon them. In Paris, gas lamps were lit for the first time in four years. Even Frances allies, Great Britain, rung their Big Ben for the first time since the start of the war in August 1914.

The massive celebration worldwide was due to the signing of the armistice treaty by Marshal Ferdinand Foch on behalf of the allies and Matthias Erzberger for the Germans.

“After three days of intense negotiations, the German delegation that had been brought to the personal carriage of Marshall Ferdinand Foch was ordered by its government in Berlin to sign any terms put on the table by the Allies,” an anonymous source tells us. “Serious social disorder had forced the government in Berlin into giving out this instruction as people had taken to the streets as a result of chronic food shortages caused by the British naval blockade. Therefore, the German delegation led by Matthias Erzberger signed the terms of the Armistice.”

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