Wednesday, November 11, 1998 Published at 16:13 GMT
The World remembers
Commemorating war dead at the Sydney cenotaph
Altogether more than eight million soldiers were killed during the four years of conflict.
Australia: Hardest hit
Remembrance ceremonies were held at cenotaphs and monuments throughout Australia, from where more than 330,000 men served overseas during the 1914-18 war.
Over 61,000 of them never returned, leaving Australia with the highest per-capita death toll of any country involved in WWI.
In a commemorative address in Canberra, France's ambassador to Australia, Dominique Girard, listed many of the northern French towns synonymous with Australian bravery, such as Bullecourt, Poziers and Fromelles.
"France will never forget the sacrifices of all the Australians. France will keep the spirit alive," he said.
"The deeds of that generation of young Australians have become a legend and continue to inspire us all," he said.
Armistice Day is also being commemorated in some of the former African colonies of the Allied powers whose soldiers served in the First World War.
A large number of soldiers from former French African colonies served in the French army during the World War I, and commemorations were also held in Africa on Armistice Day.
Africa: The last veteran
Armistice Day is also being commemorated in some of the former African colonies of the Allied powers whose soldiers served in World War I.
Some 25,000 of them are believed to have died during the war, and the last surviving African known to have fought for France has also died. He passed away at the age of 104, on the eve of Armistice Day, just hours before he was due to receive a French commemorative medal.
Germany: Low key
While the German media were giving much coverage to armistice commemorations elsewhere, there were no large ceremonies in Germany itself.
Germany's Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder was absent from ceremonies in France on Armistice Day itself, but his spokesman Uwe-Karsten Heye said the chancellor's hectic schedule since taking over from Helmut Kohl last month had prevented him from being involved.
French officials said no invitation had in fact gone out to either Mr Schröder or Mr Kohl, and that they were not treating Mr Schröder's absence as a snub. Officials of Kohl's former government said he had not planned to attend either.
Ireland: A symbol of reconciliation
In Ireland, until recently, Remembrance Day was regarded as a tradition of the pro-British Unionist majority in the North.
For this year's Armistice Day, a "peace tower" has been erected nearby, in memory of soldiers from all over Ireland, and also as a symbol of reconciliation between Catholics and Protestants of Ireland following the Northern Ireland peace process.
The memorial has echoes of an ancient burial mound near Dublin. A slit in the tower is aligned so that the sun only illuminates the interior on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month - the anniversary of the signing of the armistice.