Indecisive victory?
German and British soldiers at the Armistice
in The silent morning
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This chapter examines how soldiers in the British and German armies responded to the Armistice in 1918 and the military and political considerations which prompted Germany to capitulate. It examines the expectations of peace among each army's personnel before the Armistice. The chapter shows whether, before the onset of peace, combatants on either side anticipated an imminent end to hostilities. It focuses on British reactions to the Armistice announcement, investigating how soldiers responded to the ceasefire. The chapter analyses whether they considered the victory complete and questioning how far a sense of disappointment heralding the disillusionment of the 1930s was already present in November 1918. It focuses onto the men and officers of the German army. By understanding soldiers' responses to the onset of peace in 1918, it aims to shed light on the role played by the Armistice in the failure of international reconciliation during the subsequent two decades.

The silent morning

Culture and memory after the Armistice

Editors: Trudi Tate and Kate Kennedy

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