Victory 1918

Victory 1918 by Mirrorpix

 

11 o’clock on the morning of 11 November 1918 heralded the end of a frightful era of bloody fighting and loss that affected every corner of the globe. However, upon the signing of the Armistice, sadness and mourning was briefly set aside to celebrate the close of the final chapter of this ‘war to end all wars’. While on the front lines, some spontaneous fraternisation did happen, the prevailing response was muted by sheer exhaustion; meanwhile, back home families rejoiced at the prospect of their men returning home – of there being a brighter future for their children. Here, using Mirrorpix’s formidable archive of contemporary images, we see fantastic scenes of jubilation, relief and homecoming, as well as commemoration of those lost and hints of what the future might hold.

MIRRORPIX, Victory 1918 Celebrating the Armistice in photographs, London, The History Press, 2018