Crowds in Paris celebrate the declaration of the armistice on November 11, 1918. AFP
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At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, bugles across Europe sounded the end of a war that left some 10 million soldiers dead. Hopes for a cease-fire had been growing for weeks with German troops under pressure from an unrelenting Allied offensive withdrawing from Flanders and most of occupied France.It is the first in more than 50 months of war and allows the German delegation, led by Minister of State Matthias Erzberger, to cross into an Allied zone.An aide reads out a list of terms fixed by the Allies at Versailles four days earlier.Marshal Paul von Hindenburg in Belgium for his authorization to sign an armistice.The Great War, which had drawn in some 30 nations and their colonies, and mobilized around 70 million soldiers, is over.Nearly 10 million soldiers lie dead, along with another 10 million civilians.
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