czarchastic t1_j1ehia9 wrote

It’s so withdrawing troops doesn’t get misconstrued as a tactical retreat. It’s important to, you know, give it time to unwind a frontline to avoid unnecessary casualties.

But again, not everyone knew about the armistice at the same time, and I’m giving the benefit of the doubt that maybe not every frontline soldier was notified in advance.


czarchastic t1_j1eeoek wrote

Yeah maybe they would set a predetermined time in the future after signing the agreement to account for communication lag. And maybe frontline soldiers aren’t divulged of every detail from their commanding officer beyond when to hold or charge a line.


czarchastic t1_j1e3edm wrote

This is WWI. It’s not like a rank and file soldier would have a smartphone in his pocket to ding him on the status of the armistice. It can take hours for news to reach some front lines.

Even as recent as WWI, carrier pigeons and messenger dogs were used.