America's War for Humanity eBook

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It was the removal of Count Tisza that really cleared the way for the new Hungarian state.  Bohemia and the other Slavic vassal states of Austria had already broken away.  President Wilson had recognized Poland as an independent and belligerent state.  Austria’s remaining dependence, after Hungary’s defection, was upon the German population of its north and northwestern provinces, and the provinces wrenched from Italy forty years before.  Austrian armies numbering more than half a million men had driven the Italians back from the territory they had won in 1917 under General Cadorna, and had been brought to a stand on the river Piave, where a deadlock somewhat resembling that in front of Verdun had been maintained many months.  These armies were affected by the movement that was dissolving the empire, and gave way, with the result above stated.

The terms of the Austrian armistice were furnished to General Diaz through Marshal Foch, by the American and allied council sitting at Versailles.

During the interim between the delivery and the acceptance of the Austrian Armistice and the surrender of Austria, the Versailles Council prepared terms of an armistice that had been sued for by the German government.


On November 4th, 1918, Berlin was notified by the Versailles council that Marshal Foch had in his hands the terms on which armistice would be granted.  November 8th, a German commission of five were admitted to audience with Marshal Foch, who read and delivered the document, with notice that it must be accepted and signed within seventy-two hours.  A request by Herr Erzberger, one of the German commissioners, that fighting be suspended during that time, was curtly refused; and the armistice terms were communicated by the commissioners to the German revolutionary government, which had come into power by voluntary transfer of the chancelorship from Prince Maximilian of Baden to Friedrich Ebert, Vice-president of the social democratic party.

The revolution began in the German fleet at Kiel, where the sailors mutinied and hoisted the red flag.  It spread with great rapidity and very little disorder throughout all the German states.

November 9th the Kaiser was compelled by the revolutionists to abdicate, and the crown prince signed a renunciation of his right to the succession.  The abdication of the Kings of Bavaria and Wurtemburg occurred at the same time.  The ex-emperor and the crown prince, in an attempt to reach the British line and surrender themselves, were headed off by the revolutionary forces and took refuge in Holland.


November 11th, 1918, the armistice was signed by the German commissioners, upon orders from Berlin.  On the morning of that day, at 11 o’clock Paris time, fighting ceased on all fronts.

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