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The armistice to end the hostilities of the Great War was signed on November 11, 1918. The terms of the agreement are important to history because of their severity towards Germany. The terms greatly crippled Germany’s economy and way of life to the point that Nazi Germany would seek vengeance on Europe in future years. Germany was to immediately disarm and remove itself from territories it had gained during the war. Germany was not permitted to do harm to the infrastructure or inhabitants of the countries it was evacuating.
The most damaging caveat of the armistice agreement was the demand that Germany pay reparations to the countries that it harmed over the course of the war. The reparations had the effect of destroying the German economy while having little positive effect on the economies of the victors. In addition to the monetary considerations, Germany was to surrender armaments, tanks, submarines, and other weapons to the Allied Powers and the United States. The terms of the armistice agreement would have a direct impact on the treaty signed at Versailles.
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