On This Day – 11 November 1918

After four years of warfare the German forces called for an Armistice. At 11 am on the 11th of November (the 11th month) 1918, hostilities ceased on the Western front.

World War I saw 70 million people mobilised and led to the loss of between 9 and 13 million lives. The 11th of November was adopted by the allied nations to commemorate those who fell in the first modern world conflict, and was named Armistice Day. This name only remained until the end of the second world war however, where it was no longer deemed an appropriate name to commemorate all war dead, and the Australian and British governments renamed it Remembrance Day.

Lest we forget.