From the British Imperial War Museum – A tape of the last minute of WWI in France

Eerie recording reveals moment the guns fell silent at the end of WWI Jen MillsWednesday 7 Nov 2018 12:53 pm Share this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messenger 184.1k SHARES On the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, the guns fell silent.

It brought an end to four years of war which crippled Europe, leaving 17 million dead including 888,246 British or Colonial servicemen.

As we approach the centenary of the Armistice on November 11, the Imperial War Museum has released a recording of the moment the war ended, patched together using archive material from their collections.

The artillery activity it illustrates was recorded on the American front near the River Moselle, one minute before and one minute after the war ended.

Strangely, audio couldn’t be recorded at the time so the Allies created them using ‘sound ranging, which recorded the intensity of noise to photographic film (a seismograph for earthquakes is a good comparison).

This visual record allowed the Imperial War Museum to turn the moment back into audio to give an impression of what the moment was like.


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