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Scene from the Armistice train, in the forest of Compiègne, after negotiators agreed to terms of an Armistice ending World War I. Marshal Ferdinand Foch, the lead negotiator for France, is second-from-right. Although the terms of the later Versailles Treaty were harsh, for Germany, Foch believed they were not harsh-enough.  After all parties had signed the Treaty, Foch said:  "This is not a peace.  It is an armistice for twenty years."  Twenty years and sixty-five days later, World War II began.

 

You only have power over people
so long as you don’t take everything away from them. 
But when you’ve robbed a man of everything
he’s no longer in your power - he’s free again.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 
In The First CircleChapter 17
 

It is the 11th of November, 1918Two trains approach each other in the Compiègne forest.  A meeting, between the occupants, is about to take place.

At this spot, not far from Paris, warring nations end their conflict.  Although the fighting (with ghastly consequences) has led to a stalemate, one side (the Allies) makes costly demands.  The other (Germany) reluctantly agrees.

That agreement, the first step toward a treaty (signed in the palace of Versailles the following year), effectively requires Germany to give-up war making in general.  It also demands the defeated county to pay huge reparations.

When the harsh terms are made public, people are stunned.  One foot soldier, Adolf Hitler, later vows to do something about it.

That’s where our story begins.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5155stories and lessons created

Original Release: Jul 01, 2009

Updated Last Revision: Nov 04, 2016


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