The train carriage in which the First World War ended

At 11 o'clock on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, inside a train carriage in a clearing near Compiègnea, the armistice between the powers of the Entente and Germany was signed. Negotiations began on November 8 in a train carriage that had been...

The birth of Czechoslovakia and the chaos of Austro-Hungarian empire

In Europe, the 20th century began with the apocalyptic finale of the age of the continent’s last authoritarian empires. By the time the smoke of the First World War had cleared, the Russian czars, the German kaisers, and the Austrian emperors had been swept into the...

The Romanian Legion in Prague

On October 30, when the Czech Republic declared itself independent, a military unit of former soldiers and Austrian-Hungarian officers was formed in Prague, whose main purpose was to organize and leave immediately for Transylvania to help the new Romanian authorities...

The autumn of 1918, a chronology of the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire

The First World War ended with the break-up of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Dual Monarchy came out of the conflict it has caused split in half, with its two constituent parts permanently separated. Moreover, these territories themselves were in turn broken up,...

The end of the Great War brought about the proclamation of the Czechoslovak Republic

One of the great surprises and changes on the map of Europe, with the end of the First World War, was the independence of Czechoslovakia. On October 28, 1918, the Czechs and Slovaks created Czechoslovakia, taking advantage of the break-up of the Austro-Hungarian...

Who took Odobeşti Hill?

The young captain Erwin Rommel was also involved in the attack on Focșani, commanding a detachment of the Wurttemberg Mountain Battalion. His actions are described in a book published in 1937, “Infanterie greif an” (The infantry attacks). However, there is one thing...

The armistice of Villa Giusti

The armistice of Villa Giusti was signed between Austria-Hungary and the Entente/Kingdom of Italy on November 3, 1918 in the villa of the count Giusti del Giardino near Padua. This put an end to the fighting on the Italian front, between Italy and the Entente on one...

The news of the armistice, in refuge. «Wilson has publicly stated that he will uphold Romania’s right to unite all of its people into one country»

The First World War, that started on July 28, 1914 ended on November 11, 1918, after nearly 53 months of tragic battles. The armistice between the German Empire and the powers of the Entente was signed on November 11, 1918, at eleven o’clock in the morning. However,...

Why wasn’t Germany invaded at the end of World War One?

The Third Reich was invaded in 1945 from West and East by the Anglo-American and Soviet troops respectively. In order to be victorious over it, they had to effectively destroy the National-Socialist regime. However, the Entente was not in the same situation at the end...

The armistice of Villa Giusti

The armistice of Villa Giusti was signed between Austria-Hungary and the Entente/Kingdom of Italy on November 3, 1918 in the villa of the count Giusti del Giardino near Padua. This put an end to the fighting on the Italian front, between Italy and the Entente on one...

The new Romanian soldier

With the reorganization of the units, their endowment and accommodation to new fighting techniques, the confidence and the morale of the Romanian soldiers began to gradually increase in the spring of 1917. The remnants of the army that managed to retreat to Moldavia...

The Romanian army reborn

Perhaps the most difficult task in the process of reorganizing the Romanian army in 1917 was to train the officers and soldiers, to familiarize themselves with new combat techniques and new equipment. Of the 505.000 soldiers and officers mobilized in August 1916, only...