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  posted on 9/14/2011 at 05:11 PM
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First World War officially ends

The final payment of 59.5 million, writes off the crippling debt that was the price for one world war and laid the foundations for another.

Germany was forced to pay the reparations at the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 as compensation to the war-ravaged nations of Belgium and France and to pay the Allies some of the costs of waging what was then the bloodiest conflict in history, leaving nearly ten million soldiers dead.

The initial sum agreed upon for war damages in 1919 was 226 billion Reichsmarks, a sum later reduced to 132 billion, 22 billion at the time.

The bill would have been settled much earlier had Adolf Hitler not reneged on reparations during his reign.
Hatred of the settlement agreed at Versailles, which crippled Germany as it tried to shape itself into a democracy following armistice, was of significant importance in propelling the Nazis to power.

"On Sunday the last bill is due and the First World War finally, financially at least, terminates for Germany," said Bild, the country's biggest selling newspaper.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/8029948/First-Worl d-War-officially-ends.html



[Edited on 9/14/2011 by D28guy]

[Edited on 9/14/2011 by D28guy]

 

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  posted on 9/14/2011 at 06:23 PM

 

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  posted on 9/14/2011 at 06:30 PM
Just think how long it will take us to pay for our 2 current wars....sad

 

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  posted on 9/14/2011 at 09:09 PM

Cool post Brock. Says volumes.

 

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  posted on 9/14/2011 at 09:30 PM
What about WW II ? Is it over, or are we still paying for it too..

 

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