World War I ends

Black and white photograph of people marching

Gundaroo march, Armistice Day

NAA: C4076, HN6104

After more than four years of hardship, courage and sacrifice, the fighting on the Western Front came to an end on 11 November 1918. The allied forces, strengthened by the entry of the United States into the war a year and a half earlier, were finally able to force a German surrender. The signing of the Armistice – a cessation of hostilities – by Britain (representing its Empire), France and Germany effectively ended the war. This prompted spontaneous celebrations among the troops and throughout the British Empire. Following prolonged peace negotiations, the Treaty of Versailles, which included a commitment to establish a League of Nations to safeguard the peace, was signed on 28 June 1919. 


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