Transcript The War Ends
The War Ends • What changes did the end of the war bring? In September 1918 more than one million United States troops fought in a huge battle in Meuse-Argone. More Americans fought in this battle than any other single battle in United States history. This battle lead to the final defeat of the Central Powers. On November 11, 1918 the Central Powers surrendered. Which is now Veterans Day. The war had been devastating and costly for both sides. Everyone hoped that there would never be another war like this again. They called it “The War to End all Wars,” because no one could imagine it happening again. President Wilson and the other Allied leaders met in Versailles, France to draw a peace treaty. Wilson hoped that the treaty would not punish the Central Powers and would make sure that there would be lasting peace. Wilson suggested an international organization be formed to prevent wars, a League of Nations. The Treaty of Versailles officially ended World War I. However, the Central Powers were punished through the treaty. It demanded that Germany pay heavy fines and not rebuild its army. The treaty also created the League of Nations. The United States Senate did not approve the treaty and disagreed with the harsh treatment of Germany. Also, many Americans feared the League of Nations would force the US into future wars. People wanted to return to a policy of isolationism.