During the early years of the Weimar Republic, the German Government experienced a number of problems which threatened its existence. After the end of World War One, it struggled from crisis to crisis.
The new German Government was linked to Germany's defeat in World War One, allowing Hitler to blame it for the outcome of the war.
The German army had not been defeated by October 1918. However, it was necessary for the Government to end the war and make peace for a number of reasons:
The German officials agreed to an armistice (truce) to take effect on 11 November 1918. Government officials of the time were nicknamed ‘the November Criminals'.