They couldn`t win. German army leaders told the German government to end the fighting. A ceasefire is a formal agreement between the belligerents to end the fighting. This is not necessarily the end of a war, because it can only represent a cessation of hostilities, while trying to negotiate a lasting peace. It derives from the Latin arma, which means „weapons“ (as in weapons) and the stitium, which means „to stop“.  In international law, a ceasefire is a legal agreement (often in a document) ending the struggle between the „belligerents“ of a war or conflict.  In the 1899 Hague Convention, which concluded three treaties and made three declarations, the Convention on the Laws and Customs of War on Land states that „if the duration of the ceasefire is not fixed“, the parties may resume the struggle (Article 36) after completion, but with regular notifications. This is in relation to a ceasefire of „fixed duration“ during which the parties will only be able to renew the fighting at the end of its fixed duration. If the belligerents say (de facto) that „this ceasefire completely ends the fighting“ without a deadline for the ceasefire, then the duration of the ceasefire is set in the sense that at no time is the resumption of fighting allowed. For example, the Korean ceasefire agreement requires a „ceasefire and ceasefire“ and „the goal is to establish a ceasefire that guarantees the total cessation of hostilities and all acts of armed violence in Korea until a final peaceful solution is found.  The Entente had already concluded ceasefires with Bulgaria on 29 September, 30 October with the Ottomans and 3 November with the Austro-Hungarian government.
Germany was the last of the middle powers to complain about peace. The ceasefire with Germany was to come into effect at 11 a.m. in order to have time for the news to join the fighters. However, during and after this period, fighting continued in several places, including on the Western Front. In the autumn of 1918, Germany and its allies realized that it was no longer possible to win the war. Those fighting on Germany`s side began to withdraw from the war, and in early November Germany fought alone. After the election, Wilson tried to mediate between enemy alliances. The attempt failed. In a speech in January 1917, the president called for a „peace without victory and a peace among equals“ that neither side would shy away from harshly.
Wilson hoped that all nations would join a „League for Peace“ that would be peace in all nations to come together, to expand democracy in the freedom of the sea. This helps to control peace between countries. Wilson`s speech was a formal agreement to end the war and make peace with the rulers. Wilson wanted peace in all countries so that war would not harm his country and other countries.