November 11th, 1918: Peace

by Instant Noodle

20-11-1918 Victory. (Double page spread; apologies for the gap)

It had to happen sometime. Germany has been looking defeated for quite some time now, despite what the Kaiser and the newspapers have been thinking.

The Berliner Tageblatt calls upon the people to fight on. Several natives have been reprimanded for putting the question, “Fight on what?”

14-11-1918 Sands

This is after the armisitice has been signed. Prior to the armisitice, although the Crown Prince had long been vying for peace, the cantankerous Kaiser had been obliviously insisting on fighting on.

“Peace,” says M. Clemenceau, “is nearer than most people think.” The Crown Prince, for example, is still strongly opposed to the principle of self extermination.

But, after a surprise revolution swept through the German armed forces leading to both Wilhelm and William exiled in the neutral Netherlands, there were signs that the Kaiser had admitted defeat.

News from Amsterdam indicates that the Kaiser will not after all bequeath the War to the Crown Prince.

14-11-1918 Flag Day

Technically, the Armistice was not a declaration of peace – this would not technically be rattified until January 1920 – but regardless, with Germany in the position it was in, it was treated as such. The signing was rushed through in a train carriage in the middle of the Forest of Compiègne in France.

14/11/1918 Watch

Instructor: "Never mind looking at your watch, my lad. I'll tell yer when the War's over."

Rather bizzarrely, frenzied fighting continued right up to the last moment. Private Henry Gunther has the rather tragic honour of being the last soldier to die in the First World War. He died at 10:58am, 11th November, 1918.

14-11-1918 Padre

Naturally, many are overjoyed that the war has ended.

14-11-1918 Our Jonnie

But others have other reasons to be overjoyed.