Sunday, 4 November 2012

The Day War Ended

The Telegraph reports that half of young Britons do not know the date of the First World War, with just 40% of them giving the date "peace was reached" as 1918.

Using the term "peace was reached" is a real weasel way of the Telegraph setting up the young people of our country for a fall. Because what that fails to mention is that the war actually ended in 1919.

If you don't believe me, consider this - the Armistice was on 11 November 1918, sure. But the Armistice was a truce. The war actually ended with the Treaty of Versailles, in June 1919. Which is why so many war memorials display the dates "1914-1919".

So the Telegraph is wrong. No news there, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

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