Learning Curve, The Great War
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The first procession past the Cenotaph, 26 July 1919
(Catalogue ref: ZPER 34/155, reproduced by permission of the Illustrated London News Picture Library)
  • This image shows a scene from the peace ceremony that took place in London in July 1919.
  • The Great War officially ended in July 1919 when Germany signed the Treaty of Versailles. Soon afterwards, the French government held a solemn procession in Paris marking the event.
  • British Prime Minister Lloyd George wanted a similar event to take place in Britain and suggested a temporary memorial should be built to be the central focus of the ceremony.
  • The parade was led by Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, the commander of all British forces at the end of the Great War. Although his reputation suffered in the years after the war, Haig was extremely popular and well liked in Britain at the end of the war.
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