On November 11, 1918 what was at the time the most destructive conflict in human history came to a close at 11:00 am. An armistice was signed between Germany and the Western Allies that ended the war. Sadly, though the armistice was agreed upon, it did not go into effect until 11am and shooting continued. A Canadian soldier was killed just two minutes away from the official end of the war. 

 

The affects of the first World War are far-reaching. Empires fell. Societies rearranged. The war directly lead to the rise of the Soviet Union, and the Treaty of Versailles lead to work for the rise of Nazi Germany and laid the foundation for World War II. World War I also marked the debut of horrible new weapons of war on the battlefield, as machine guns, tanks, aircraft, poison gas, submarines, bombers all converged to show the world the unfathomable horror of modern war. This war gave rise to a condition known as “Shell Shock” amongst troops, named after the abundant artillery shells exploding on the battlefield. We now know it as PTSD and thankfully understand how to treat it better.  

 

In total, casualties globally totaled over 20 million. France lost over 1 million troops. Germany lost 1.8 million. The United States lost around 116,000 soldiers after entering late in the war. That places World War I third behind the Civil War and World War II for American casualties. 

 

Let today serve as a day to remember all those who lost their lives, and those who had to live missing loved ones or bearing the physical and mental wounds of the war. November 11 is celebrated as Armistice Day in Europe, but in the United States, we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11 each year to salute the brave men and women past, present, and future who leave their families and put their wellbeing on the line to defend our nation. 

 

Today, WhoopTee salutes those who have served and those who are serving. We support the armed foces and their families and have many millitary themed clip art selections to create custom t-shirts. Please, take a moment to remember those who have been lost and reflect on this terrible period of history to see that a conflict like WWI never happens again.


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