14-memorial clearing of the armistice compiegne forest

100 years ago

the armistice of the first world war

was signed here

 

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November 11,1918 clearing armistice compiegne

 

 

 

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The Armistice that brought to an end of the greatest war in history,

was signed on November 11, 1918,

on this exact spot in the forest of Compiègne.

 

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13-memorial armistice clearing compiegne forest

 

 

The clearing did not exist at that time

and the full-grown trees were so thick

that aerial observation was impossible.

 

 

10-clearing of the armistice rethondes france

 

 

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The two railway tracks that ran across here

were part of  a gunnery rail system branching off from Rethondes station

a mile away and could be used for heavy gun platforms.

 

 

 

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The train bringing the German plenipotentiaries from Tergnier,

where they had boarded it after driving from La Capelle,

arrived at day-break on November 8 fot the encounter.

 

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The train standing on the other track was used by Marshal Foch

as his mobile headquarters behind the front line.

 

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The quiet seclusion of the forest seemed more suitable

for such an occasion than his General Headquarters.

 

 

 

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20-museum clearing armistice compiegne

 

The clearing was laid out and inaugurated in 1922

and between 1927 and June 1940

the carriage was housed in its own museum building.

 

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17-railway carriage marshall foch

 

 

 

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November 11,1918 clearing armistice compiegne

 

 

 

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On the same site as in 1918 the carriage was used

by the German and French delagates

who met to sign the armistice of  June 22, 1940

which marked the end of the campaign of France.

 

 

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Restauration of the clearing, the monuments and the museum

was undertaken

at the end of  the  Second World War ( 1939 – 1945 )

to etablish a permanent commemoration of this significant historic site.

 

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Trench warfare

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Armistice Monument

at la Pierre d’Haudroy, La Capelle.

 

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It was here the German plenipotentiaries

presented themselves to the 1st Battalion,

171e Régiment d’‘Infanterie November 7 to 8:20 p.m.

 

 

 

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Here, the tenacity of the Poilu triumphed.

 

 

 

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