When the news of Germany’s surrender reached the North American continent at 3 am, on Monday, November 11, 1918, operators were swamped with telephone calls. In every Bell exchange, every position at the switchboard was filled. Although the company made extraordinary provisions in anticipation of such a rush, no amount of preparation could have enabled the operators to handle calls with their usual speed and efficiency. General Manager C.F. Sise, in a cirular letter, paid tribute to their “heroic, splendid and self-denying work”.