The moment the first world war ended 1

A curiosity.

At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the guns fell silent.

By 1918, the British were using microphones to help pinpoint German guns. Signals were recorded on film. This image of what the microphones registered in the minutes either side of the armistice was recently discovered [2014] in the archives of the Imperial War Museum.


Posted under History, War by Jillian Becker on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

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  • liz

    That’s fascinating! Surely they must have planned it to end at that time, but for it to have actually happened so precisely on the minute, and then to have an actual record of it, is amazing. The “eleventh hour” – how fitting.
    We’re in the eleventh hour of civilization itself now.