The effects of World War One on Germany

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Troops supporting Hitler arrive in Munich during the Beer Hall Putsch of 9 November 1923
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The First World War, which began in the Summer of 1914 and ended in November 1918, claimed many millions of lives and changed the lives of hundreds of millions of others across the world forever.

How did the war come to an end? What were the effects of the war on Germany? What was the experience of the German people?

This section will help you begin to understand the answers to these questions and many more. When you have read the text and viewed media, use the final part to assist you in putting this information into context.