The First World War

End of War

By leaving the main Headquarters in Spa, Belgium and going into exile to the Netherlands on November 9th, 1918 the Kaiser ended the war.

The place of exile had been chosen carefully. The Dutch Royal family had relatives in the Hohenzollern family. On the journey from Spa to the Dutch border the ex-Kaiser departed the official train-carriage with his small company at Aachen, in order to avoid reported German rebel troops. He used a car, to reach exile. We do not know if a member of the Imperial motorised corps drove him, it would seem possible, even likely.

We see him standing here, in the centre of his entourage at Eysden in the Netherlands, on the railway platform waiting for his carriage on the morning of November 10th, 1918.

The Great War was over. Approximately 10 million soldiers lost their lives on the battlefields, more than 7 million victims were civilians. The Imperial Motor-Corps was demobilised, as nearly all the others were as well.

The re-founding of the Imperial Automobile Club followed, naturally under a different title, in 1919. It is the German Automobile Club (Automobilclub von Deutschland - AvD).


The German Imperial Automobile Corps and its daggers - By Vic Diehl and H.Hampe