"Armistice 1918" Compiègne Travelogue by egonwegh
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The Armistice Clearing in the forest east of Compiegne. This is were the Armistice was signed between the Allied Forces and Germany after the First World War (1918). The treaty was signed in a train wagon. After the German victory over the French in the Second World War (1940), Hitler insisted that the same wagon be used again for the official French surrender. The commemorative plates - the largest one can be seen in the centre of this picture - were smashed up. In the final stages of the Second World War (1945), the wagon was transported to the east and destroyed somewhere in a Thuringian forest. Nowadays, a replica of the original wagon is shown in the museum on this spot, together with authentic uniforms, fountain pens, pipes, ashtrays and other trinkets ...
No photographs allowed inside the museum.
Statue of Field Marshal Ferdinand Foch (1851-1929), Commander-in-Chief of the allied forces in World War I.
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