Death with a Minute Left

March 18, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

At 5 am on the 11th of November, 1918, Germany signed an agreement with the Allies to stop fighting the Great War, now known as World War I. But it was not yet over. The Allies, including American commander General John J. Pershing, knew that the war would soon end, but decided to continue attacking German positions that morning. During the time between the signing at 5 and 11 o'clock, when the armistice was official, 3,000 more Americans died. The very last was Henry Gunther, a German-American from Baltimore, who was killed at 10:59.

"Almost as he fell, the gunfire died away and an appalling silence prevailed."

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