November 11, 1918: World War I Ends

On this day in 1918, World War I ended after Germany signed an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car in Compiegne, France. 

Known as the Great War due to its unprecedented nature, the international conflict began after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and his wife in June 1914.

Explore WETA’s “The Great War” site to learn how those four years shaped the 20th century.

Photo: World War I Vet. Parade (Library of Congress)