11th day of the 11 month - 1918 100 years ago
Armistice day, now Veterans day. November 11, 1918. The end of the war to end all wars!
Post a coin from 1918 or something related to the "Great War".
On November 9, 1918 Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicated and Germany was in chaos with war weary soldiers refusing to fight and their defensive lines collapsing.
The armistice brought the US into a leading role in the world as President Wilson drove the negotiations on the settlement of the war with Great Britain and France against Germany and the central powers. Within a year the maps were redrawn to make new countries that had not existed before. This would lead eventually to other wars.
In the final moths of the war, an outbreak of what was called "Spanish Flu" (because Spain had a free press at the time and reported it). The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, the deadliest in history, infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide—about one-third of the planet's population—and killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million victims, including some 675,000 Americans. It started in Canton, China, in the food markets where they killed birds right there in the marketplace. Germs that had transferred to the Chinese from the birds festered in their bodies. They had built up an immunity, though. in 1918, France called on China to supply laborers to build trenches. The French, British and Americans and others were not immune and the flu spread quickly. After the end of the war, They went home and brought the flu with them.
The end of the war also brought to America the "loose morals" of the French, which had been absorbed by the soldiers. By the early 1920's, this created a backlash of conservatism which brought us the prohibition of alcohol, the rise of the KKK and a string of conservative Presidents - Coolidge, Harding, Hoover. Although the economy rocked on, the oppression against minorities was tremendous.
Of course, Germany was not destroyed in the war, as most of the battles on the Western front were in France and Belgium. The economic sanctions put on Germany for starting the war created an impossible situation for any economic advancement. That was the point - keep Germany down. Of course the backlash to this was the eventual rise of Adolf Hitler and the rise of Fascism. We all know where that lead.