Anyhow, the German Empire as noted had run into a buzzsaw at the Second Battle of the Marne, when US, UK, and French troops had defeated their strategic offensive. The German Empire at this time still retained a large number of troops in the East, intending to exploit its conquests carved from Russia. It had set for itself a desperate gamble and lost, while the Allied Hunger Blockade was by now causing high mortality in German civilians (as was the Spanish Flu but that's for the first entry in The Center Cannot Hold). The German offensive had failed, and now the Allies, under Ferdinand Foch, assumed their own offensives. This Hundred Days Offensive saw use of armor, infantry, artillery, and air power to strike at the Germans and push them back in a continual, endless retreat. Only Erich Ludendorff, Silent Dictator of Germany, was blind to the encroaching process and reality of defeat, the other generals saw damn well what was going on and were panicking about it.
This retreat and sequence of Allied victories lasted from August of 1918 to November of 1918. Complicating matters was the role of the 14 Points, used by Europeans as a means to limit the gravity of defeat and by the Germans assumed to be the basis of negotiations where the Allies saw them as starting points to be neutered and watered down (UK and France) and the starting point to be expanded upon (USA). These victories were a testament to improved skill on the part of Allied generalship, and the statement that due to not being driven over the Rhine that the Germans were not defeated is a blatant lie. The Germans had indeed been curbstomped. They were not driven into Germany in 1918 because it was not necessary. By the time of the Armistice Request and the November fighting the German military was on the verge of disintegration ala Russia-in-1917, and would have fallen apart in a similar pattern. The Allied advance regained all ground gained by the Germans, but had reached the area of Mons by 11 November, which is when the Armistice, having already been set in date, went into effect. The triumph seems less total than WWII because WWII was a total war of annihilation, WWI was a total war of exhaustion, the defeat in scale was more than equivalent.
And with this, I finish WWI. Now, for a gif (for non-sighted Calvin and Hobbes dancing):