Despite the best efforts of the German authorities to provide food and fuel for everyone, many people found it very difficult to make ends meet. From 1917 onwards, social unrest became increasingly widespread, with demonstrations by women in all parts of the country, including Southern Jutland.
By the autumn of 1918, Germany’s resources had been almost completely exhausted. A final, nearly desperate offensive along the Western Front failed and in September the German military leaders encouraged the Kaiser to initiate peace negotiations.
However, the war did not end until revolution broke out in November 1918. Throughout Germany, war-weary troops revolted with the resolute backing of the workers. The revolution started in Kiel on 4 November and reached Sønderborg on 6 November. Committees of soldiers and workers were established everywhere, helping to maintain law and order during the social breakdown.
A ceasefire finally came into effect on 11 November 1918. The war had lasted for more than four years. About 30,000 men had been drafted from the region that is now Southern Jutland. Around 5,270 of them lost their lives.