The armistice which entered into force at 11.00 local time, on 11 November 1918, silenced the cannons of World War I, putting an end to one of the bloodiest conflicts in modern history.
More than 17 million people, military and civilians, lost their lives in the First World War. The United States, having entered the war on April 6, 1917, lost more than 116,000 service members in the conflict.
The National Museum and the memory of the First World War in Kansas City, Missouri, is dedicated to sharing stories and honoring the history of the devastating conflict, dubbed "the Great War".
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Jonathan Casey, director of the archives at the Museum's research center, Edward Jones, told Fox News that posters relating to the war effort can offer a fascinating glimpse into a tumultuous era that has changed the course of world history. "The posters are one of the best historical objects to tell the story of any period", he explained, noting that the Museum has about 1,200 posters in its collection. "They are very engaging," he added.
In addition to the United States posters, most of which are dedicated to the recruitment and financing of war, the Museum also has posters of a number of other countries, including Germany, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Russia . "Everyone represents their culture," Casey said.
Among the American posters, Casey highlights one in particular that depicts African-American soldiers working in a company of army stevedores in the French port of St. Nazaire. The poster, which is depicted above, is unique in the Museum's collection depicting African-American troops.
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Painted by an officer in the United States, the poster was printed in Nantes, France, as a clear moral reminder for the troops. "There was a competition on how many supplies could be unloaded from ships," Casey explained. "This poster was made in recognition of their work – it could have been an African-American company that won this competition".
Measuring approximately 2 and a half feet by 3 feet, the poster is signed and dedicated by the artist, dated November 28, 1918. "This was a donation [to the Museum] from a man whose father was an officer at war, in the Corps of Neighborhoods, "Casey said.
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A German military poster is a particular source of charm. Written in Gothic style, the poster, in the picture below, advertises an unusual event in the French city of Malmedy, which at the time was occupied by German forces.
Created by the Gallwitz division of the German army, the extravagant poster presents a cherub child, with a German helmet full of flowers. The poster promotes an art exhibition in October 1918, a few weeks before the end of the war. The division was part of the German forces that opposed the Meuse-Argonne offensive, launched by US forces on September 26, 2018. The 46-day clash caused the death of 26,277 US troops and troops as the most lethal battle in history of the United States.
"That was folded into a photo album by someone whose father was a physician with US forces," Casey said, adding that he was surprised when he saw the poster. "I did not understand why they made a poster to advertise an art exhibition in the middle of this huge war."
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Kansas City site officials host a series of events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. These include a memorial "Peace and Remembrance" night light which presents almost 55 million pixels and more than 5,000 poppies. Inspired by the poem of the First World War "In Flanders Field", artificial red poppies are worn in a number of countries to commemorate the millions of people who lost their lives in the conflict.
On Sunday, a multinational armistice ceremony will honor the centenary of the armistice of the First World War. A ceremony of "peace bells" will also commemorate the moment of the signing of the armistice.
Greg News News by Greg News contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers