November 11, 1918 – After drawn-out negotiations between the Allies and Germans, both sides agree to an Armistice in the early hours of November 11.
At 11am the guns fall silent, and the First World War is over.
Also known as the Armistice of Compiègne after the location in which it was signed – and the agreement that ended the fighting on the Western Front. The actual terms, largely written by French Marshal Ferdinand Foch, includes the cessation of hostilities, the withdrawal of German troops to behind their own borders, the preservation of infrastructure, the exchange of prisoners, a promise of reparations, the disposition of German warships and submarines, and conditions for prolonging or terminating the armistice. Although the armistice ends the actual fighting, it took six months of negotiations at the Paris Peace Conference to conclude the peace treaty, the Treaty of Versailles.