Friday, August 14, 2009
the end of the war
World War I ended officially in an armistice that took effect at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 11, 1918.
It was at this hour on this day that a telegram was received at headquarters 1st Army requesting transfer of Major James Madison Pearson, "Madison F. Pierson" to headquarters Third Division.
The war was over.
The choice of words was significant - the war ended in an "armistice" and not a "surrender". The German Army, as a result, remained intact and the rumor ran throughout the German Army and population that the German Army was not defeated, but "stabbed in the back".