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Video: The Treaty of Versailles and the end of WW1

By Dean Nicholas | Posted 15th December 2011, 15:45
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In the cover story of our January issue, Antony Lentin casts a cold eye on the Versailles Treaty and its shabby treatment of an undefeated Germany in the years following the First World War. The consequences of this troubled event were terrible and continue to resonate throughout a divided Europe today.

There is a remarkable amount of footage available from the war's end, and from the Treaty itself. Below is a newsreel showing the cheering crowds greeting the news that the Great War was over:

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This second, silent video contains rare footage of delegates arriving at the Palace of Versailles in June 1919:

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Finally, there's this short extract from what appears to be a 1970s-vintage educational video about the end of the war -- the kind of video that put kids off studying history for life. Anyway, if you can ignore the clumsy graphics and stentorian tone of the narrator, there are some interesting bits of old footage from the treaty:

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