Treaty of Versailles/Protocol

The Treaty entered into force on 20 January 1920; the Protocol entered into force on 28 June 1919.
Official texts in English: [1919] UKTS 4 (Cmd. 153); [1920] ATS 1.
This version compiled from versions published by the Australasian Legal Information Institute, the Avalon Project (Yale University), Brigham Young University Library and the Library of Congress.

THE PRESENT TREATY, of which the French and English texts are both authentic, shall be ratified.

The deposit of ratifications shall be made at Paris as soon as possible.

Powers of which the seat of the Government is outside Europe will be entitled merely to inform the Government of the French Republic through their diplomatic representative at Paris that their ratification has been given; in that case they must transmit the instrument of ratification as soon as possible.

A first procès-verbal of the deposit of ratifications will be drawn up as soon as the Treaty has been ratified by Germany on the one hand, and by three of the Principal Allied and Associated Powers on the other hand.

From the date of this first procès-verbal the Treaty will come into force between the High Contracting Parties who have ratified it. For the determination of all periods of time provided for in the present Treaty this date will be the date of the coming into force of the Treaty.

In all other respects the Treaty will enter into force for each Power at the date of the deposit of its ratification.

The French Government will transmit to all the signatory Powers a certified copy of the procès-verbaux of the deposit of ratifications.

IN FAITH WHEREOF the abovenamed Plenipotentiaries have signed the present Treaty.

DONE at Versailles, the Twenty-eighth day of June, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Nineteen, in a single copy which will remain deposited in the archives of the French Republic, and of which authenticated copies will be transmitted to each of the Signatory Powers.

[For the United States:] [For Guatemala:]
  Woodrow Wilson [Seal]
  Robert Lansing [Seal]
  Henry White [Seal]
  E.M. House Tasker [Seal]
  H. Bliss [Seal]
  Joaquin Méndez [Seal]
[For the United Kingdom:] [For Haiti:]
  D. Lloyd George [Seal]
  A. Bonar Law [Seal]
  Milner [Seal]
  Arthur James Balfour [Seal]
  George N. Barnes [Seal]
  Tertullien Guilbaud [Seal]
[For the Dominion of Canada:] [For the Hedjaz:]
  Chas. J. Doherty [Seal]
  Arthur L. Sifton [Seal]
  M. Rustem Haidar [Seal]
  Abdul Hadi Aouni [Seal]
[For the Commonwealth of Australia:] [For Honduras:]
  W.M. Hughes [Seal]
  Joseph Cook [Seal]
  P. Bonilla
[For the Union of South Africa:] [For Liberia:]
  Louis Botha [Seal]
  J. Chr. Smuts [Seal]
  C.D.B. King [Seal]
[For the Dominion of New Zealand:] [For Nicaragua:]
  W.F. Massey [Seal]   Salvador Chamorro [Seal]
[For India:] [For Panama:]
  Ed. S. Montagu [Seal]
  Ganga Singh, Maharaja de Bikaner [Seal]
  Antonio Burgos [Seal]
[For France:] [For Peru:]
  G. Clemenceau [Seal]
  S. Pichon [Seal]
  L.L. Klotz [Seal]
  André Tardieu [Seal]
  Jules Cambon [Seal]
  C.G. Candamo [Seal]
[For Italy:] [For Poland:]
  Sidney Sonnino [Seal]
  Imperiali [Seal]
  Silvio Crespi [Seal]
  I.J. Paderewski [Seal]
  Roman Dmowski [Seal]
[For Japan:] [For Portugal:]
  Saionji [Seal]
  N. Making [Seal]
  S. Chinda [Seal]
  K. Matsui [Seal]
  H. Ijuin [Seal]
  Affonso Costa [Seal]
  Augusto Soares [Seal]
[For Belgium:] [For Roumania:]
  Hymans [Seal]
  J. van den Heuvel [Seal]
  Emile Vandervelde [Seal]
  Ion I.C. Bratiano [Seal]
  General C. Coanda [Seal]
[For Bolivia:] [For the Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes:]
  Ismael Montes [Seal]   Nik P. Pachitch [Seal]
  Dr. Ante Trumbic [Seal]
  Mil. R. Vesnitch
[For Brazil:] [For Siam:]
  Calogeras [Seal]
  Alogeras Rodrigo Octavio [Seal]
  Charoon [Seal]
  Traidos Prabandhu [Seal]
[For China:] [For the Czecho-Slovak Republic:]
  Arel Kramar
  Dr. Edward Benes [Seal]
[For Cuba:] [For Uruguay:]
  Antonio S. de Bustamante [Seal]   J.A. Buero
[For Ecuador:] [For Germany:]
  E. Dorn y de Alsua [Seal]   Hermann Müller [Seal]
  Dr. Bell [Seal]
[For Greece:]
  Eleftherios Venisélos [Seal]
  Nicolas Politis [Seal]

  • Map No. 1—Boundaries of Germany [in two parts: in the west; in the east]
  • Map No. 2—Saar Basin
  • Map No. 3—Danzig
  • Map No. 4—Schleswig


With a view to indicating precisely the conditions in which certain provisions of the Treaty of even date are to be carried out, it is agreed by the High Contracting Parties that:

(1) A Commission will be appointed by the Principal Allied and Associated Powers to supervise the destruction of the fortifications of Heligoland in accordance with the Treaty. This Commission will be authorized to decide what portion of the works protecting the coast from sea erosion are to be maintained and what proportion must be destroyed;

(2) Sums reimbursed by Germany to German nationals to indemnify them in respect of the interests which they may be found to possess in the railways and mines referred to in the second paragraph of Article 156 shall be credited to Germany against the sums due by way of reparation;

(3) The list of persons to be handed over to the Allied and Associated Governments by Germany under the second paragraph of Article 228 shall be communicated to the German Government within a month from the coming into force of the Treaty;

(4) The Reparation Commission referred to in Article 240 and paragraphs 2, 3 and 4 of Annex IV cannot require trade secrets or other confidential information to be divulged;

(5) From the signature of the Treaty and within the ensuing four months Germany will be entitled to submit for examination by the Allied and Associated Powers documents and proposals in order to expedite the work connected with reparation, and thus to shorten the investigation and to accelerate the decisions;

(6) Proceedings will be taken against persons who have committed punishable offences in the liquidation of German property, and the Allied and Associated Powers will welcome any information or evidence which the German Government can furnish on this subject.

DONE at Versailles, the twenty-eighth day of June, one thousand nine hundred and nineteen.

[Signatures, same as for Head Treaty, not reproduced here.]