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British and Americans celebrate the Armistice which halted hostilities after 1500 continuous days of fighting dating back to August 1914. Below: Allied flags are joyfully displayed in Luxembourg. By the war's end, 26 nations had allied with France against Germany and its three allies; Austria-Hungary, Turkey and Bulgaria.

Below Left: An American artillery battery in France hoists the U.S. flag precisely at 11 am on November 11, the moment the Armistice began. Below Right: A giant Armistice celebration in Philadelphia, PA, includes a Statue of Liberty replica.


Below: French civilians at Place de la Concorde in Paris gaze at some of the German weaponry surrendered after the Armistice. The French reacted to the war's end with solemnity rather than exuberance, and in subsequent years on November 11 they observed a minute of silence at 11 o'clock with tolling church bells. On the exact spot in the Compiègne Forest where the Germans signed the Armistice, the French placed a plaque in 1922 saying: "Here on the eleventh of November 1918, succumbed the criminal pride of the German Empire, vanquished by the free peoples it sought to enslave."

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