At 5am on 11 November 1918, an armistice was signed and hostilities on the Western Front ceased at 11am. Although the peace treaties that would formally end the First World War would not be signed until 1919, 11 November 1918 was, and continues to be, a significant day. 

These photographs and film clip show how people marked Armistice Day 1918. 

 

Troops celebrate in Belgium

elgian girls with English, French and American troops during the Armistice celebrations in Belgium, 11 November 1918.
© IWM (Q 69031)

Troops celebrate in Belgium

Belgian girls with English, French and American troops during the Armistice celebrations in Belgium, 11 November 1918.

Celebrations near Vincennes, Paris

People celebrating the signing of the Armistice near the Paris Gate at Vincennes in Paris
© IWM (Q 65857)

Celebrations near Vincennes, Paris

An American sailor, an American Red Cross Nurse and two British soldiers celebrating the signing of the Armistice near the Paris Gate at Vincennes in Paris, 11 November 1918.

Soldiers celebrate in Birmingham

Armistice Day, Birmingham
© IWM (Q 63690)

Soldiers celebrate in Birmingham

Armistice Day celebrations in Birmingham, November 1918.

Military band playing to large crowds in Winchester

Military band playing on Armistice Day
© IWM (Q 31229)

Military band playing to large crowds in Winchester

A military band playing to cheerful crowds during a parade on Winchester High Street on Armistice Day, 11th November 1918.

Happy girls in London

Happy girls in a US automobile in London
© IWM (Q 65858)

Happy girls in London

A group of happy girls in an American automobile in London on the day the Armistice was signed, 11 November 1918.

Crowds at the Boulevard

Cheering crowds on the Boulevard in Paris
© IWM (Q 69030)

Crowds at the Boulevard

Cheering crowds on the Boulevard in Paris, 11 November 1918.

The Generals

General Haig and his Field Commanders, 11th November 1918
© IWM (Q 9689)

The Generals

Field Marshal Douglas Haig (centre front) with his Army Commanders at Cambrai, 11 November 1918.

Celebrations at Buckingham Palace

Crowds at Buckingham Palace, London, on Armistice day
© IWM (Q 56642)

Celebrations at Buckingham Palace

Crowds at Buckingham Palace celebrating the signing of the Armistice

Parade in Dublin

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Parade in Dublin

In Dublin, the celebrations were more restrained, consisting of parades through the street while people stood and watched.

The King and Queen mark the Armistice

King George V and Queen Mary attending Thanksgiving service at St. Paul's Cathedral for Armistice
© IWM (Q 58587)

The King and Queen mark the Armistice

King George V and Queen Mary with Princess Mary attending the Thanksgiving service at St. Paul's Cathedral on the signing of the Armistice, 12 November 1918.

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