November 11, 1918 – World War I ends

November 11, 1918 – World War I ends

At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ends.

Germany, bereft of manpower, supplies, and food, signs an armistice agreement with the Allies. The war left 9 million soldiers dead and 21 million wounded, with Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, France, and Great Britain each losing nearly a million or more lives.

In addition, some 6 million civilians died from disease, starvation, or exposure.

World War I led to the fall of the imperial dynasties of Russia, Germany, Turkey, and Austria-Hungary, and spurred the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia.

In 1919, the Treaty of Versailles officially ended the conflict, but its punitive terms destabilized Europe and laid the groundwork for World War II.