"Then the day of the 11 th we got word, official word, that as of 11 o’clock in the morning on the 11 th day of November, the 11 th month of the year, the official armistice would take place and that no military action would take place after that 11 o’clock time on either side and that this armistice would continue for an indefinite length of time until permanent conditions were set up for the occupation of Germany by the French Army, the allied armies. So then we knew that I was official. When the artillery on the morning of the 11 th started firing determinately hour after hour we thought that this must be a hoax and the shelling went on right up to 11 o’clock and we knew then that it must be a hoax. Of course we’re checking our watches and there’s a little discrepancy in time. So we couldn’t be sure. Then all of a sudden, like this, the shelling stopped. You could hear a pin drop. I’m telling you after a year or more of this constant artillery, bombs, rifle, machine gun fire, noise, noise, noise 24 hours a day to have it so quiet it broke our eardrums almost. The silence. Then we cautiously started investigating why there was no noise. Then we found out that other people were doing the same thing and then we finally found out that it was safe to appear in person and we did. We found Frenchmen drunk from pinot. Celebrating, tossing their hats in the air, and shouting in French, le armistice, le armistice and various other phrases. So then the Germans began to appear and then we could be pretty sure that it was official on both sides. Then there was some, what do you call it between troops… the Germans and the French and the Americans were beginning to fraternize in no mans land. Then began the dancing and the celebrations. This was 11 o’clock in the morning, this went on during the afternoon. That night and some nights after that was the biggest display of fireworks that you’ve ever seen in the world. The allied troops and the German troops too, fired off all the pyrotechnics that they could get their hands on to celebrate the armistice. It was the grandest display of fireworks I ever saw, that anybody ever saw. They had at sometime exhausted their supplies of pyrotechnics, but it was a great sight. I don’t know if any of the photographers over there at the time took photographs of this, but if they didn’t they should have."

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