It Happened On #44

 

It’s Remembrance Day in Canada. So Happy Remembrance Day, if that’s what you’re supposed to say. Today’s theme for It Happened On will be war

It happened on November 11 1918…at 11 o’clock in the morning of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the First World War–known at the time as the Great War–comes to an end

By the end of autumn 1918, the alliance of the Central Powers was unravelling in its war effort against the better supplied and coordinated Allied powers. Facing exhausted resources on the battlefield, turmoil on the home front and the surrender of its weaker allies, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire, Germany was finally forced to seek an armistice with the Allies in the early days of November 1918. On November 7, the German chancellor, Prince Max von Baden, sent delegates to Compiegne, France, to negotiate the agreement; it was signed at 5:10 a.m. on the morning of November 11

Also on November 11 1967, Three U.S. prisoners of war are released by the Viet Cong inPhnom Penh, Cambodia. The three men were turned over to Tom Hayden, an antiwar activist. U.S. officials in Saigon said that the released prisoners had been “brainwashed,” but the State Department denied it. The Viet Cong said that the release was a response to antiwar protests in the U.S. and a gesture towards the “courageous struggle” of blacks in the United States

 

 

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