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Every historian knows that the Great War (1914-1919) didn't officially end until the peace treaty negotiated in Paris was signed in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles on 28th June 1919.

What few people realise is that the Armistice on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month the previous year did not mark the end of hostilities. The Great War began with a gun fired in Sarajevo. But the final shots were fired long after the Armistice in 1918.

The last German army unit of  30 officers, 125 NCOs and 1168 troops didn't formally surrender until November 25th 1918. Their commander, General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, was the only German to have invaded British territory during the course of the war. On his return home, he alone was accorded the singular honour of marching his troops through the Brandenburg Gate.

His unit had waged a guerrilla war in Africa throughout the years 1914-1918. Indeed, he and his men had been so successful - and were regarded with such high…

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