There has been recent speculation in the letters columns about whether the end date of World War I was November 11 1918 or whether it continued into 1919.
For the British government, the end of hostilities was not until August 31 1921 (as fixed in the Termination of the Present War Act of 1918).
Partly this delay was caused because the end of the war also meant the end of the emergency powers granted to the War Secretary by the Defence of the Realm Act.
Land had been requisitioned for manoeuvres with the newly invented tanks, aerodromes for the new RAF and firing ranges for heavy artillery practice.
The landed aristocracy wanted their estates back, but where would the War Department then be able to stick its equipment?
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