26 Peace Treaty of Versailles Text

Peace Treaty of Versailles
Articles 231-247 and Annexes
The Allied and Associated Governments affirm and Germany accepts the responsibility of Germany and her allies for causing all the
loss and damage to which the Allied and Associated Governments and their nationals have been subjected as a consequence of the war
imposed upon them by the aggression of Germany and her allies.
The Allied and Associated Governments recognise that the resources of Germany are not adequate, after taking into account
permanent diminutions of such resources which will result from other provisions of the present Treaty, to make complete reparation
for all such loss and damage.
The Allied and Associated Governments, however, require, and Germany undertakes, that she will make compensation for all damage
done to the civilian population of the Allied and Associated Powers and to their property during the period of the belligerency of each
as an Allied or Associated Power against Germany by such aggression by land, by sea and from the air, and in general all damage as
defined in Annex l hereto.
In order to enable the Allied and Associated Powers to proceed at once to the restoration of their industrial and economic life, pending
the full determination of their claims, Germany shall pay in such installments and in such manner (whether in gold, commodities,
ships, securities or otherwise) as the Reparation Commission may fix, during 1919, 1920 and the first four months Of 1921 , the
equivalent of 20,000,000,000 gold marks.
As an immediate advance on account of the animals referred
to in paragraph 2 (a) above, Germany undertakes to deliver in
equal monthly installments in the three months following the
coming into force of the present Treaty the following
quantities of live stock:
(1) To the French Government.
500 stallions (3 to 7 years);
30,000 fillies and mares (18 months to 7 years), type:
Ardennais, Boulonnais or Belgian;
2,000 bulls (18 months to 3 years);
90,000 milch cows (2 to 6 years);
1,000 rams;
100,000 sheep;
10,000 goats.
(2) To the Belgian Government.
200 stallions (3 to 7 years), large Belgian type;
5,000 mares (3 to 7 years), large Belgian type;
5,000 fillies (18 months to 3 years), large Belgian type;
2,000 bulls (18 months to 3 years);
50,000 milch cows (2 to 6 years);
40,000 heifers;
200 rams;
20,000 Sheep;
15,000 sows.
The animals delivered shall be of average health and
To the extent that animals so delivered cannot be identified as
animals taken away or seized, the value of such animals shall
be credited against the reparation obligations of Germany in
accordance with paragraph 5 of this Annex.