In pictures: 96 years ago today, peace broke out

Paul Hosford

Today marks 96 years since the signing of the First Armistice at Compiégne, the document that effectively ended World War I.

It went into effect at 11 am Paris time on 11 November 1918, and marked a victory for the Allies and a complete defeat for Germany, though they never technically surrendered.

It called for the cessation of fighting, the withdrawal of German troops, large-scale dismantling of German military equipment and heavy penalties for terminating the agreement.

The armistice, named for the forest in which it was signed, led to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, which would officially end hostilities in western Europe.

Here is how the armistice was signed in pictures.

French Field Marshal Ferdinand Foch designed much of the plan after commanding allied forces during the war. Here, he is seen with members of his staff standing behind him, watching the march past of his victorious troops on Armistice Day in Strasbourg, France.

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Here he is with the Allied delegation. He is second from right.

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Troops celebrated the news

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Armistice Day 1918


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Armistice Day 1918


As did Americans in Paris (top) and New York, along with President Woodrow Wilson and his wife Edith (bottom)

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NYC ARMISTICE DAY CELEBRATION


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WOODROW WILSON


The news was greeted in England, too.

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World War One - UK amp Commonwealth - The Home front - Armistice Day - 1918


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