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"Ceasefire: A Moment of Peace Amidst the Chaos" In the annals of history

Background imageCeasefire Collection: Treaty of Breda, 1667 (print & pen and ink on paper) (see also 496176)

Treaty of Breda, 1667 (print & pen and ink on paper) (see also 496176)
496177 Treaty of Breda, 1667 (print & pen and ink on paper) (see also 496176) by Dutch School, (17th century); 44.8x26.4 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCeasefire Collection: Treaty of Breda, 1667 (print & pen and ink on paper) (see also 496177)

Treaty of Breda, 1667 (print & pen and ink on paper) (see also 496177)
496176 Treaty of Breda, 1667 (print & pen and ink on paper) (see also 496177) by English School, (17th century); 44.8x24.3 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCeasefire Collection: Gathering to sign the Armistice treaty (litho)

Gathering to sign the Armistice treaty (litho)
811536 Gathering to sign the Armistice treaty (litho) by Verneuil, Maurice Pillard (1869-1942); Private Collection; (add.info.: Gathering to sign the Armistice treaty. 1918)

Background imageCeasefire Collection: The Signing of the Armistice on 11th November 1918 at 5 a. m. 1918 (colour litho)

The Signing of the Armistice on 11th November 1918 at 5 a. m. 1918 (colour litho)
CHT274929 The Signing of the Armistice on 11th November 1918 at 5 a.m. 1918 (colour litho) by Verneuil, Maurice Pillard (1869-1942); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCeasefire Collection: Signing of the Armistice to end the First World War, Forest of Compiegne, France

Signing of the Armistice to end the First World War, Forest of Compiegne, France, 11 November 1918 (litho)
817050 Signing of the Armistice to end the First World War, Forest of Compiegne, France, 11 November 1918 (litho) by Verneuil

Background imageCeasefire Collection: Nelson sealing the Copenhagen letter, c. 1835 (oil on panel, mounted as a drawing)

Nelson sealing the Copenhagen letter, c. 1835 (oil on panel, mounted as a drawing)
1217822 Nelson sealing the Copenhagen letter, c. 1835 (oil on panel, mounted as a drawing) by Wilkie, David (1785-1841); 17.4x22.7 cm; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Background imageCeasefire Collection: WW2 - At 3pm on the 8th May, 1945 - a bugler sounds the ceasefire at the Hotel de Ville

WW2 - At 3pm on the 8th May, 1945 - a bugler sounds the ceasefire at the Hotel de Ville, Paris, surrounded by celebrating Parisians. Date: 1945

Background imageCeasefire Collection: Pizarro and Almagro Reconciled

Pizarro and Almagro Reconciled
Pizarro and Almagro stand either side of a priest and have their arms raised towards each other in a gesture of reconciliation and ceasefire after warring over the city of Cuzco. Date: 1534

Background imageCeasefire Collection: Surrender of Cornwallis, 1845 (colour litho)

Surrender of Cornwallis, 1845 (colour litho)
497549 Surrender of Cornwallis, 1845 (colour litho) by Baillie, James S. (fl.1838-55); 33x43 cm; Gilder Lehrman Collection, New York

Background imageCeasefire Collection: Traffic between the lines, 1876 (etching)

Traffic between the lines, 1876 (etching)
497606 Traffic between the lines, 1876 (etching) by Forbes, Edwin Austin (1839-95); 47.9x60.5 cm; Gilder Lehrman Collection, New York, USA; (add.info.: Created by Forbes)

Background imageCeasefire Collection: In front of the town hall at Reichenbach in Silesia during the ceasefire, 1813, (1936)

In front of the town hall at Reichenbach in Silesia during the ceasefire, 1813, (1936)
In front of the town hall at Reichenbach in Silesia during the ceasefire, 4 June - 12 August 1813, (1936). Vor Dem Rathaus Zu Reichenbach I Schles

Background imageCeasefire Collection: Lord Kitchener And General Cronjes Messenger, Paardeberg, Orange Free State, South Africa

Lord Kitchener And General Cronjes Messenger, Paardeberg, Orange Free State, South Africa, February 19th, 1900 During The Second Boer War

Background imageCeasefire Collection: Paratroopers of 2nd Parachute Regiment near Port Stanley

Paratroopers of 2nd Parachute Regiment near Port Stanley
Photograph showing paratroopers of 2nd Parachute Regiment near Port Stanley following the ceasefire order, 14 Jun 1982. Note the new fibre helmets, with and without camouflage

Background imageCeasefire Collection: Treaty - Battle of Lushun - Anatoly Stessel, Nogi Maresuke

Treaty - Battle of Lushun - Anatoly Stessel, Nogi Maresuke
The Shuishiying in Lushunkou District, Dalian, Liaoning Province, China, where the cease fire treaty of the Battle of Lushun was signed between Anatoly Stessel (1848-1915)

Background imageCeasefire Collection: Port Hudson, Louisiana, surrendering to the Union Army, 1863

Port Hudson, Louisiana, surrendering to the Union Army, 1863
Confederate surrender of Mississippi River town of Port Hudson LA, after the fall of Vicksburg, 1863. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageCeasefire Collection: EVRV2A-00232

EVRV2A-00232
Capitulation document from Lord Cornwallis to General Washington at Yorktown, 1781. Woodcut reproduction of the original manuscript with a watercolor wash

Background imageCeasefire Collection: TREATY OF VERSAILLES, 1919. Session of the Paris Peace Conference at the Palace of Versailles

TREATY OF VERSAILLES, 1919. Session of the Paris Peace Conference at the Palace of Versailles, France, 1919

Background imageCeasefire Collection: Peace Is Coming

Peace Is Coming
A premature celebration of the WWI Armistice in New York City on November 7, 1918, before the ceasefire became official on November 11. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageCeasefire Collection: CIVIL WAR: FREDERICKSBURG. Confederate soldiers photographed by Mathew Brady during a burial truce

CIVIL WAR: FREDERICKSBURG. Confederate soldiers photographed by Mathew Brady during a burial truce following the failed attempt by Union forces to capture Maryes Heights at the Battle of

Background imageCeasefire Collection: Arriving for ceasefire talks, Focsani, Romania, WW1

Arriving for ceasefire talks, Focsani, Romania, WW1
Army officers arriving for ceasefire talks at Focsani, Romania, during the First World War. An armistice between Romania and the Central Powers was signed on 9 December 1917. Date: 1917

Background imageCeasefire Collection: Third Afghan War - Afghan Peace Delegates

Third Afghan War - Afghan Peace Delegates
Amir Amanullah Khan ordered a ceasefire to the Third Afghan War on 3rd June 1919. His ambitious plans to reclaim Peshawar and throw the British out of India had failed

Background imageCeasefire Collection: Shooting Match between Rival Trenches 1914

Shooting Match between Rival Trenches 1914
An Anglo-German Bisley at the front. A Shooting test between British soldiers in their trench and German troops in the trench opposite


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"Ceasefire: A Moment of Peace Amidst the Chaos" In the annals of history, there have been numerous moments when the world held its breath as warring factions sought respite from bloodshed and destruction. From ancient conflicts to modern warfare, these instances stand as powerful symbols of hope and reconciliation. One such pivotal moment occurred in 1667 with the Treaty of Breda. As print and pen met ink on paper, nations put down their swords and quills to negotiate an end to hostilities. The paratroopers of the 2nd Parachute Regiment near Port Stanley also experienced a profound ceasefire during the Falklands War, where they momentarily paused amidst battle-scarred landscapes. The year 1877 witnessed another remarkable event through Tilden or Blood's wood engraving depicting a scene that captured hearts - enemies finding common ground for peace. Similarly, crowds gathered in anticipation as leaders convened to sign armistice treaties like lithographic depictions portray vividly; whether it was Forest of Compiegne in France or Martin Place in Sydney. Even legendary figures played their part in ceasefires throughout history. Nelson sealing the Copenhagen letter showcased his diplomatic prowess while Pizarro and Almagro reconciled their differences for a brief period amid conquests. Notably, World War II came to an end with bugle calls echoing across Hotel de Ville at precisely 3 pm on May 8th, 1945 - marking one of humanity's most significant ceasefires against tyranny and oppression. Surrendering Cornwallis further exemplified how even mighty empires could bow before peace. These moments remind us that despite our differences, we possess within ourselves the capacity for compassion and understanding. Ceasefires serve as beacons illuminating our shared desire for harmony amidst chaos - reminding us that even amidst strife, unity can prevail if we choose dialogue over violence.