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After four long and difficult years for all involved World War 1 was officially declared over in October 1918 The tide had turned against the Axis and Germany had lost the war The devastation caused by World War 1 was enormous with France bearing the brunt of it All told 17 million civilians and soldiers died with 300000 homes 6000 factories and 1000 miles of railroad destroyed Much of the damage was in France and the cost of the devastation was inconceivable To alleviate the distress at the end of the war the countries involved decided to have a conference where the blame for the war would be placed on Germany with three main men acting as the ringleaders at the conference deciding Germanys consequences These three men Georges Clemenceau Thomas Woodrow Wilson and David Lloyd George were the leaders of the Versailles conference but each had very different views on the war and varying ideas on how best to punish Germany and were called the Big Three Georges Clemenceau better known as The Tiger Prime Minister of France wished to see Germany pay for all the damage and take full blame for the entire war His views on the war were quite extreme intensified by his strong dislike for the Germans and their policies on world diplomacy Completely differing from Clemenceau was Wilson President of the United States of America He believed that a gentle reprimand to Germany would suffice and that all countries should take part in rebuilding Europe without placing the blame solely on Germany Wilsons and Clemenceaus views on Germany and World War 1 were on completely different ends on the spectrum but the man who acted as the middleman was David Lloyd George Prime Minister of the UK and a very shrewd diplomat He believed that Germany was partially responsible and that justice should prevail but that Europe should not get carried away and exact revenge on Germany predicting that
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