The Versailles Treaty

The Versailles Treaty was the peace treaty signed on 28th June 1919 between Germany and the allies at the end of World War I Germany was proclaimed responsible for the war and condemned to pay for the damage caused by the conflict. It also lost part of its metropolitan territories and all of its colonies. Its military forces were reduced and it suffered demilitarisation and occupation of a part of its territory. The treaty was thought to be excessive and was viewed in Germany as a humiliating ‘diktat’. Signed in the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles, the treaty gave rise to the League of Nations.