posted on Oct, 14 2012 @ 07:30 PM
Now you also have to understand the how the main countries in the drama were seeing things at this time.
Every major combatant of the Great War were still suffering the truama.
Not to play their role down but the U.S didnt fully involved till the after the end Kiaserschlact Offensives in spring 1918.Again thats not in anyway
to marginalise their part in WWI but the US didnt endure 3 and a half years of trench warfare.The massacres of Verdun,the Somme,Passchendale,Ypres or
Galipolli (where as many French and British fought and died as Anzacs not to mention Turks).
After the war was won and the ceasefire and truce of Nov 11 was signed the victors would dictate the terms of Germanys guilt and repayments before
peace was signed in full in 1919.Germany was under no illusion if they didnt take what they were the victors dealt them then hostilities resume and
the allies will march into Berlin.
France that lost most in life,infrastructure,had been part occupied for 4 years,it's very soil and countryside torn and desecrated,held up by the
arny and wealth of its oldest rival,Britain.
France lost her power,belief,just about everything and fully intended to make Germany suffer,demanding a price it couldnt pay,taking the
Rheinland,immasculating the army - the pride,soul of Germany.Demanding the end of Prussian aristocratic rule and forcing democratic,capitalist
government on the nation.Also they had to agree they were solely responsible for starting the war and all that happened thereafter.
Gavrillo Princip anyone ??
Archduke Franz Ferdinand,Austro-hungary anyone.lol.
France humiliated Germany and openly took pleasure in it.
Woodrow Wilson keen to be done felt France was owed so did little to curb their lust for reuenge
Britain which had bankrolled France and lost an entire generation in the fields of Belguim and France.10.000's still missing to this day a mass of
bone fragment and rusting shell splinters tried to moderate their demands but it needed a UK/US effort but Wilson wouldnt criticise France.
The US came out determined never to get caught up in Europe again.Britain backover the channel believed we were best keeping to the oceans and empire
cos the continent always costs us deep.France watched the border with fear swearing to fortify with steel and concrete to physically stop the hun ever
entering france again.concrete not french lives.
1917 Germany saw the overthrow of the Czarist Mönarchy in Russia.They gave lenin safe passage to Russia knowing if he got power he'd end Russia's
part in the war.
By 1919 Russia was having a brutal civil war between white russians and bolsheviks who wan and formed the Soviet Union.
Germans went home to a bankrupt,starving country where order had broken down.
Four years of ruthless naval blockade prevented Germany importing and food or raw materials resulting in the German people starving to death
By Autumn 1918 when the army had been beaten and began to retreat the politicians forced their hands and sued for peace but the army didnt believe
they'd been beaten ön the battlefield but betrayed by cowards as they died in battle.
This belief grew and turned to rage when the new government accepted the peace terms.
Theyd betrayed the soldiers dying at the front then shamed their honour accepting humiliating terms.
The allies went home believeing the world wouldnt survive another war and were committed to keeping the peace btwn major nations.
Russians were killing each other and Germams were very resentful,order had broken down and many couldnt rest while there was a score to settle