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November 15th, 1918, Transcribed by Greville Watson
Peace Decalred 1918
and Reported in the Rushden Echo


The German delegation signed the armistice at five o’clock on Monday morning, accepting the whole of the conditions of the Allies, and at eleven o’clock hostilities ceased on all the battle fronts. The world war thus ends in a complete victory for the Allies, our terms making it impossible for Germany to resume hostilities, even if she desired to do so. Germany has practically surrendered unconditionally. She undertakes to evacuate not only Belgium- Alsaac-Lorraine, and Luxemburg, but also all the countries on the left bank of the Rhine, including the great cities of Coblenz, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Aix-la-Chapelle and Treves. Allied and United States Armies will occupy this territory, which has a population of 6½ millions, and comprises the most important industrial districts of Germany, but the work of administration will remain in the hands of the local German authorities. Troops of the Allies and the United States will hold the principal crossings of the Rhine, and on the eastern bank from the Dutch to the Swiss frontiers there will be a neutral zone six miles in depth. Germany is to surrender 5,000 guns, 5,000 locomotives, 2,000 aeroplanes, and all her submarines, while her warships are to be disarmed. Our prisoners are to be repatriated immediately, without, for the time being, the German prisoners being returned. Solf has sent an appeal to President Wilson against the “ruinous conditions” of the armistice, asserting that they mean starvation for millions. It is, however, definitely stated in the terms of the armistice that the Allies and America “contemplate the provisioning of Germany during the Armistice as shall be found necessary,” and President Wilson, the French Premier, and our own leaders have expressly stated that it will be the immediate duty of the Allies to feed the starving Germans. Magnanimity to a fallen foe has ever been a British characteristic, and our Allies will be equally magnanimous. With the abdication of the Kaiser and the downfall of militarism on every hand, the whole world now looks with confidence to a future in which we shall all prepare for peace, as, in the days now gone by, we have all prepared for war. By means of a League of Free Nations we shall “ring out the thousand wars of old, ring in the thousand years of peace.”

1918 Peace Mug
Sir David Beatty’s


“The German flag is to
be hauled down at Sunset
to-day, and is not to be
hoisted again without permission.”
Nov 21st. 1918

War Declared against Germany August 4th 1914

General Armistice Nov 11th 1918

Peace Signed June 28th 1919

1918 Peace Mug

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