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World War One: 1914-18 - The Armistice Of November 1918

In GCSE History students will look at World War One. One topic that is covered is the events which occurred during the war itself. This is the fifth of eight quizzes on that subject and it looks specifically at the Armistice signed in November 1918.

At 1100 hours on the 11th of November 1918, World War One - the Great War - came to an end, as the German delegates signed the Armistice with the representatives of the Western Allies. Since then the 11th of November has been remembered as Armistice Day.

Find out more about the Armistice of 1918, which brought World War One to and end after four long years, by playing this quiz.

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  1. What was the name of the large town in Northern France near where the Armistice was signed?
    Since the spring of 1918 the Western Allies had been advancing, as they repulsed the final German offensive. They still had not, however, reached the German border before the German high command decided to seek armistice terms
  2. What insulting name did German opponents of the Armistice (including the Nazis) give to those Germans who had signed it?
    Very few Germans continued to support the Armistice, especially after the signing of the eventual treaty (at Versailles in June 1919)
  3. Conditions in Germany remained difficult - even long after the signing of the definitive peace treaty in 1919. Which of these armistice terms caused the greatest hardship?
    German civilians continued to suffer until several years after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles
  4. The German head of state, the Kaiser, took no part in the Armistice proceedings. What did he do instead?
    The Kaiser presented a difficulty: both to the new German regime and to the Allies
  5. Which of the German commanders below urged an armistice and the abdication of the Emperor William II, in order to save Germany from an even worse fate?
    The German elite were anxious that a communist revolution would erupt in Germany, following the Bolsheviks' success in Russia. Thus some of them felt that a ceasefire could avoid this situation
  6. The actual signing ceremony took place in a slightly unusual location. In what kind of transportation was it conducted?
    The same facility was used by the Germans to receive the French surrender in 1940. It could not, however, be used for a similar purpose again in 1945, as it had been destroyed in an RAF bombing raid
  7. Which senior allied officer formally presided over the proceedings?
    It seemed reasonable that this command should be conferred on the leader, whose country's forces had contributed the greatest manpower to the war effort in the West
  8. In January 1918, and again in October, President Woodrow Wilson of the United States offered Germany a treaty based on a number of pre-conditions. What name was given to this list?
    These terms seemed, to many in the German elite, to represent a reasonable basis for an honourable settlement
  9. Which of the following descriptions best conveys the meaning of the word "armistice"?
    Technically, Germany had not been defeated. Both sides cherished their own interpretations of what an "armistice" signified
  10. What orders were now given to the Germans concerning their formidable High Seas Fleet?
    The British regarded the German navy as a major threat, and they were determined to destroy that threat following the Armistice

Author: Edward Towne

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