By November 3, despite arrests and the resistance of the officer corps, the sailors and workers held a mass meeting in Kiel demanding not only the release of their comrades, but an end to the war.The government responded by sending in troops to crush the mutineers, which led to a clash and very soon a general revolt.
By November 3, despite arrests and the resistance of the officer corps, the sailors and workers held a mass meeting in Kiel demanding not only the release of their comrades, but an end to the war.
Yet the Naval Command hoped to go out in a blaze of glory.
So on October 24, 1918 the Imperial Navy issued an order for the fleet to sail and engage the British Royal Navy on the high seas.
Liebknecht had spent the last two years in jail, but was freed on October 23, when the government amnestied all political prisoners.
Now he said to the workers and soldiers of Germany: broken. They told us when they left: ‘If within a month you haven’t done as we did, we shall break with you.’ It only took four days.
Two offensives by Germany in March and August failed to knock France out of the war.
A major Allied counteroffensive, now supported with massive numbers of American equipment soldiers, who arrived at the rate of 10,000 a day, had caused the Germans to retreat.
On October 4, the liberal Prince Max of Baden became Chancellor of the Reich – and despite his reluctance – he requested an armistice on the basis of the 14 points.
The following day two social democrats entered the government and the price for their admission was the introduction of a more parliamentary and democratic system in Germany.
If you are a member, we ask that you confirm your identity by entering in your email.
You will then be sent a link via email to verify your account.