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Image credit: 11 November 1918: Crowds celebrating the signing of the Armistice at the end of World War I. Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

On 11 November 1918, an agreement to stop fighting was signed between France, Britain and Germany, bringing over four years of fighting in the First World War to an end. The ceasefire came into effect at 11am: all along the Western Front, the guns fell silent and military operations were suspended.

In Britain, workplaces and schools closed for the day as crowds took to the streets waving flags, singing patriotic songs and attending impromptu street parties.

But for many, rejoicing was tempered by the realisation of the huge scale of loss and suffering the war had caused, and the uncertain future of the post-war world.

Filmmaker Danny Boyle invites communities across the UK to come together in marking 100 years since the Armistice and the end of the war. Details will be announced later this year – visit 1418NOW.org.uk and join our mailing list to be among the first to find out more.

Commissioned by 14-18 NOW in partnership with the National Trust. Supported by the Big Lottery Fund

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