Demobilization
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Demobilization

The task of bringing a society out of a state of war into one of peace is incomparably more difficult than that of releasing soldiers from war service. The term “demobilization” is used for both processes.

When the Armistice came into force on November 11, 1918, some six million German soldiers stood under arms. The German economy was almost entirely geared to the requirements of the war; demobilization now had to be implemented in the middle of a political revolution that had shaken a defeated Germany.

The German Army returns to Germany after the Armistice. German troops marching into Koblenz, November 1918. The German Army returns to Germany after the Armistice. German…
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Bessel, Richard, “Demobilization”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 21 October 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0154>
First published online: 2015



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