Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the of World War I (described as the “war to end all wars”…. as if), which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning — the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.
The Allied Powers defeated the Central Powers, including the Ottoman empire — the caliphate destroyed.
it led to the mobilisation of more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history. An estimated nine million combatants and seven million civilians died as a direct result of the war, while it is also considered a contributory factor in a number of genocides and the 1918 influenza epidemic, which caused between 50 and 100 million deaths worldwide. Military losses were exacerbated by new technological and industrial developments and the tactical stalemate caused by gruelling trench warfare. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in history and precipitated major political changes, including the Revolutions of 1917–1923, in many of the nations involved. Unresolved rivalries at the end of the conflict contributed to the start of the Second World War about twenty years later. (wiki)
From a British patriot:
As you will be aware, today marks 100 years since the end of the Great War. Over 704,000 servicemen from the British Isles were killed. The total population of Great Britain at the time was about 42 million. Any rudimentary calculation of the British male population of military age demonstrates the enormity of the slaughter and its impact.
The loss was felt sorely in many northern industrial towns, as whole populations of young men enlisted together in ‘Pals’ battalions. Some of these battalions were first used at the start of the first battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916 – men fell to the German Spandaus by the town load in a single morning.
The Roman word ‘decimate’ – to reduce by a one tenth part – is often used incorrectly. But is perhaps in this instance an accurate term to describe what happened to the young men of Britain.
I do not forget that over 116,000 US servicemen were killed in action in WWI – fighting a war a long way from home. A debt that can never truly be repaid.
“When you go home, Tell them of us and say,
For your tomorrow, We gave our today.”
They deserve better from us this morrow.
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