The armistice: Winston Churchill

On the hour of the armistice at 11am, 11 November 1918.

Transcript: It was a few minutes before the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. I stood at the window of my room looking up Northumberland Avenue towards Trafalgar Square, waiting for Big Ben to tell that the war was over. My mind strayed back across the scar years to the scene and the emotions of the night at the Admiralty when I listened for these same chimes in order to give the signal of war against Germany to our fleets and squadrons across the world, and now war was over.

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