Diary May 7, 1919

Clemenceau presents Versailles peace treaty

On 7 May 1919, Clemenceau (right, standing) presents the German delegation the 440 articles of the peace treaty at 3 p.m. in the Hotel Trianon-Palace in Versailles in front of the plenary assembly of the peace conference. Article 231 determined the unilateral war guilt of Germany and was the basis for the moral justification of the treaty.

World War One Diary for Wednesday, May 7, 1919:

France РPeace Process Р7th Plenary Session: draft treaty read by Clemenceau to German delegation at Trianon Palace (Versailles) with 15 days for consideration in writing (deadline extended May 20 to May 29). Count Brockdorff-Rantzau in speech, remaining seated, refuses to admit whole war guilt. All German colonies mandated except Togo and Cameroons which await Anglo­-French recommendations.
Ukraine: Major Grigorev rebels vs Red Ukraine Front and disrupts its rear areas till killed late July.

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