DBWI: Allies accept call for armistice in 1918

As basic as it sounds. Would our world be better if the allies accepted the German call for an armistice in 1918 rather than call for Unconditional Surrender? Would it prevent the militarist coup and subsequent invasion and occupation by the Allies? How would Germany (and Europe and the US for that matter) evolve differently if they decided on an armistice?
 
Well, IMHO you need someone that had some contact with reality in Berlin, the German leadership had convinced themselfs that Wilson 14 point were the official proposal and so the condition for their armistice were absolutely unaccebtable (who in the right mind thought that the Entente were ok with them giving up A-L but basically keeping everything obtained in the east and even take part of A-H).
 

Garrison

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Well the risk with a negotiated Armistice is the Germans convince themselves they weren't really beaten on the battlefield. You only have to look at how stubbornly stupid they were in 1919 with the Entente advancing on Berlin and still refusing to admit the war was lost.
 
It would have been a bad idea.

The lasting peace in europe that happened after the great war was only possible because germany was fully occupied and understood it was beaten and defeated. It was only then that the germans could accept that they had to work inside a european framework, and be rational. If the soviets hadn't have invaded we wouldn't have had a second world war.
 
The call for unconditional surrender in October 1918 galvanized German resistance. It would have saved a lot of lives and treasure to not carry the war into 1919. The German effort was impressive considering the odds, securing the Brenner pass, and withdrawing intact to the German frontier. The final April 1919 offensive wan an awful grounder. No doubt the Allies would win but getting across the Rhine was difficult.
 
It would have been a bad idea.

The lasting peace in europe that happened after the great war was only possible because germany was fully occupied and understood it was beaten and defeated. It was only then that the germans could accept that they had to work inside a european framework, and be rational. If the soviets hadn't have invaded we wouldn't have had a second world war.
In a way we can also thank the soviets, by funding the german communist party to destabilize the newly born german republic they pushed the establishment to embrace reconciliation with France.
Trotsky permanent revolution and it's funding of communist terror cells throughout Europe backfired spectacularly.
 
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