Memories of World War – Clairière de l’Armistice at Compiègne

Armistice 1918 1940

Close by to where we were staying in Vic-Sur-Aisne was a particular place that I was keen to visit so one morning after breakfast I set off alone towards Compiègne and to the Clairière de l’Armistice, a historic site where the armistice of 1918 brought the First-World-War to an end and where in 1940 Adolf Hitler dictated the terms of the surrender of France.

The site is deep in the Compiègne Forest about forty miles or so north-east of Paris at a railway junction that was quickly prepared in October/November 1918 to enable the German negotiators to meet with the soon to be victorious allies.

It is not a spectacular site, there is nothing grand about it, it is one of those places that you visit because of what happened there not for what you are going to see.  Two momentous moments in European history.

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8 responses to “Memories of World War – Clairière de l’Armistice at Compiègne

  1. Forgot Mao and his cultural revolution with the red book! Then unfortunately people do not learn the mistakes. They keep coming back! Good article well handle.

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  2. It may not be a spectacular site, but sometimes less is more…..well written, Andrew.

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  3. i’ve never managed to get there, so thanks for your Post.

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  4. The numbers of people killed by the monsters on your list are staggering. It’s hard to choose the worst when they’re all so terrible.

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