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Armistice and Returning Home

The first batch of American troops to return from France after the armistice arrive in New York, New York, aboard the camouflage-painted S.S. Mauretania. About 1,100 of the some 5,000 men on board had been wounded during the war.
S.S. Mauretania

Returning soldiers line the upper deck of the Mauretania as she sails into New York Harbor. These men were undergoing flight training in England at the time of the Armistice.
returning soldiers

How the news of the Armistice of November 11, 1918, was received on the French front. These men have come out of the trenches and exposed themselves to the enemy for the first time in more than four years. Note the fleet of tanks ready in the foreground, just in case, as well as the wire entanglements and "No Man's Land."
French troops hear about the Armistice

Veterans of the battlefields of France leave the White House following their reception. President Woodrow Wilson shook hands with every single soldier.
veterans visit the White House

Note: Many of the pictures on this page originated from the U.S. Army Signal Corp Photographs Collection, which can be accessed here.

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