The Greatest Day in History: How, on the Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month, the First World War Finally Came to an End

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PublicAffairs, Oct 13, 2009 - History - 336 pages
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Unlike 1945, the First World War did not end neatly with the unconditional surrender of the Germans. After a dramatic week of negotiations, military offensives and the beginning of a Communist revolution, the German Imperial regime collapsed. The Allies eventually granted an armistice to a new German government, and at eleventh hour on the 11th of November, the guns officially ceased fire, but only after 11,000 casualties had been sustained?almost as many as on D-Day.

Nicholas Best tells the story in sweeping, cinematic style, revealing that events were far from pre-ordained. From the generalsOCO headquarters to the frontline trenches, from the factories to the farms, he reveals the twists and turns that led to the end of the Great War.

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The end of World War I was a time filled with joy, despair, anger, sadness, and confusion. Here, Best (former fiction critic, Financial Times; Trafalgar: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sea Battle in ... Read full review

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Nicholas Best is the former fiction critic for the Financial Times and the author of a number of novels, travel and history books. He lives in Cambridge, England.

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