(1918) The ‘war to end all wars’ has itself finally endedGermany and the Allies sign an armistice to end the war at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month. Over 16 million people have died in four years of fighting. The First World War is described as “the war to end all wars” due to the bloody devastation. This day will hereafter be known as Armistice Day.An armistice is a formal agreement of warring parties to stop fighting. It is not necessarily the end of a war, since it may constitute only a cessation of hostilities while an attempt is made to negotiate a lasting peace. It is derived from the Latin arma, meaning “arms” and -stitium, meaning “a stopping”.
The announcing of the armistice on November 11, 1918, was the occasion for large celebrations in the allied nations.