97 years ago today, after a string of military defeats, the German Empire signed an armistice with the British and French Empires. So Germany stopped fighting the Allies a few hours later, and this marked the end of what later came to be known as World War I.
The 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month.
We now know the day as Veterans Day in the United States as all Americans are urged to heap praise on anyone who has ever been employed by the US military and refer to them as heroes without knowing any details about their “service.”
Americans should really focus more on the origins of this day and be educated about the last hours of World War I. Perhaps libertarians and anti-war types can make some inroads with the flag worshipers if they learn the truth about Armistice Day and the psychopaths who ruled western states a hundred years ago.
The armistice was signed at 5 am and went into effect at 11 am local French time. So the combatants knew the war would end in a few hours, and yet they fought to the last minute. They were following the orders of their superiors right on up to the Prime Ministers and Presidents. There were over 10,000 casualties on that last day and close to 3,000 deaths. What exactly is heroic about this? Knowing the war is about to end, but sending troops to kill and die so that their strategic position was a tad better just in case hostilities resumed at some later date. Was it heroic for the politicians to allow their generals to oversee these atrocities? Was it heroic for the Generals to order their troops to continue killing after four bloody years of war were finally about to come to an end? Was it heroic for the troops who followed these insane orders to continue killing others and risking their own lives for literally no reason? For a few feet of dirt in France?
The Germans, while not having formally surrendered, were undergoing revolution at home and their Emperor had abdicated. They were going to be unable to continue the war and negotiated the Armistice from a position of weakness. They had requested that the Armistice go into effect immediately, but the Supreme Allied Psychopath, Ferdinand Foch, refused. He wanted to kill a few more of them.
The last man killed in World War I was 23 year old American Henry Gunther. He was a German-American who hadn’t wanted to enter the war to kill Germans. He was drafted and became a slave of the US government which sent him to war to kill Germans. He wrote a letter home to a friend saying the war was terrible and warning him to avoid being drafted. This resulted in a demotion in rank which he foolishly tried to reverse by charging the German lines in the minutes just before 11 am. He was killed at 10:59. I wonder if his family celebrated this “holiday” in the years following the Great War.
Harry Truman was still ordering troops under his command to murder as many Germans as possible right up until the eleventh hour on November 11, 1918. This was a sign of things to come, as he murdered hundreds of thousands of Japanese in 1945 rather than allowing them to surrender.
A Congressional Act approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday: “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.” This is the same Congress that just three years later, gave the criminal Franklin Delano Roosevelt the Declaration of War he had been so desperately seeking, plunging the United States into the even more bloody World War II and sending another generation of young men to die and murder on behalf of the government. Many of these young men were enslaved or as the State likes to call it, “drafted.” I guess the “cause of world peace” didn’t have staying power in the US Congress.
After World War II, Armistice Day became Veterans Day. Happy Fucking Veterans Day.