Allied demands for German surrender (November 1918)


The following Allied demands for German surrender were presented to German generals in November 1918:


1. Armistice to come into effect six hours after signing.
2. Immediate removal of German soldiers from Belgium, France and Alsace-Lorraine, to be concluded within 14 days. Any troops remaining in these areas to be interned or taken as prisoners of war.
3. The surrender of 5000 artillery pieces, 30,000 machine guns, 3000 trench mortars and 2000 planes.
4. Evacuation of the left bank of the Rhine, Mayence, Coblence and Cologne, occupied by the enemy, to a radius of 30 kilometres deep.
5. On the right bank of the Rhine, a neutral zone from 30 to 40 kilometres deep, evacuation within 11 days.
6. Nothing to be removed from the territory on the left bank of the Rhine … all factories, railroads, etc. to be left intact.
7. The surrender of 5000 locomotives, 150,000 railway coaches and 10,000 trucks.
8. The maintenance of enemy occupation troops through Germany.
9. In the East, all troops to withdraw behind the boundaries of August 1, 1914.
10. Berlin to renounce the treaties of Brest-Litovsk and Bucharest.
11. Germans to offer unconditional surrender in East Africa.
12. Germans to return the property of the Belgian Bank, Russian and Rumanian gold.
13. The return of prisoners of war without reciprocity.
14. The surrender of 160 U-boats, 8 light cruisers, 6 Dreadnoughts; the rest of the fleet to be disarmed and controlled by the Allies in neutral or Allied harbors.
15. The assurance of free trade through the Cattegat Sound; clearance of mine fields and occupation of all forts and batteries, through which transit could be hindered.
16. The blockade remains in effect. All German ships to be captured.
17. All limitations by Germany on neutral shipping to be removed.
18. The armistice to last for 30 days.