November 11 marks the 100th anniversay of the end of World War I, but not before tens of millions died in the four-year-long unprecedented industrial carnage. Amid all the media coverage, almost entirely missing is the actual story of how such bloodshed and misery was ended: by a mass popular rebellion in Germany that brought down the monarchy and established a republic.
The rebellion did not end in Germany on November 11, but continued for a further five years in revolutionary waves that nearl established a soviet republic. The failure of the workers' movement to win full power opened the way for a fascist-led counter-revulution -- and the rise of the Nazis.
The war was aleady a major cause of rebellion from Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising to the October 1917 socialst revolution in Russia. but this radicalisation across Europe by the war's victims is often written out.