“The Allies would not have given Germany better conditions because they felt they had to defeat Germany and Germany couldn`t get away with it,” Cuthbertson said. “There is also a sense that a ceasefire must ensure that the enemy is not strong enough to resume war soon.” Among its 34 clauses, the ceasefire contained the following important points:[21] On 11 November 1918, after more than four years of terrible fighting and the loss of millions of lives, weapons fell silent on the Western Front. Although fighting continued elsewhere, the ceasefire between Germany and the Allies was the first step towards the end of the First World War. The overall reaction was a mixed feeling: relief, celebration, disbelief and a deep sense of loss. There have been very few negotiations. The Germans were able to correct some impossible requirements (for example. B the dismantling of more submarines than their fleet owned), extended the timetable for the withdrawal and registered their formal protest against the harshness of the Allied terms. But they were not able to refuse to sign. On Sunday, November 10, 1918, the German newspapers in Paris were shown that they had announced that the emperor had abdicated. That same day, Ebert told Erzberger to sign. The cabinet had previously received a message from Paul von Hindenburg, the head of the German high command, in which he asked to sign the ceasefire, even though Allied conditions could not be improved. [14] [15] News of the signing of the ceasefire was officially announced at around 9:.m a.m. in Paris.

An hour later Foch, accompanied by a British admiral, presented himself to the Ministry of War, where he was immediately received by Georges Clemenceau, the French Prime Minister. At 10:50 a.m. .m. Foch gave this general order: “Hostilities will cease on the whole front from 11 November at 11:00 a.m. French time. The Allied troops will not exceed the line that was reached at that time and at that time until further notice. [25] Five minutes later, Clemenceau, Foch and the British admiral went to the Élysée Palace.