Armistice Day 1918
With November 11th rapidly approaching, I thought it would be interesting to look at what Sam recorded in his diary on this historic day in 1918. Sam, at this point in time, was not at all well. He was bedridden with the flu and other ailments that would end his life in only a short two months following this Armisitce Day. His diary entries for most of the days in the four or five months before his death often contain only one phrase: “sick in bed”. However, he rallied with the end of war news on November 11, 1918 and his diary entry reads: “The terms, of the Armistice with the Central Powers proclaimed at 10:30 AM. All wild with joy. Foch is a great soldier.”
Foch refers to French General Marshal Ferdinand Foch who accepted the German request for an armistice, and prophetically declared: “This is not Peace. It is an Armistice for twenty years“.
Sam recorded a second entry related to the end of the war the next day, and on November 12th, 1918 writes: “Still sick. The peace has virtually come. The enemy is whining about the severe terms of the Armistice. It could not be too severe. The wretches had almost ruined the world.”
Lest we forget!