On This Day – Clairière de l’Armistice at Compiegne

Even though travel restrictions are easing I am not yet minded to risk it so I still have no new stories to post so I continue to go through my picture archives and see where I was on this day at any time in the last few travelling years.

On 5th August 2017 I was in Northern France visiting a site of major historical significance…

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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 just over twenty years later in 1940 Adolf Hitler dictated the terms of the surrender of France.

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 modern European history.

Read the full story here…

 

8 responses to “On This Day – Clairière de l’Armistice at Compiegne

  1. Sometimes meaning is more than pretty or big know the place good to stop by for the history never to be repeated.

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  2. Not exactly happy memories, Andrew! Are you in Staithes this week? 🙂 🙂

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  3. not all memories are of good things, but good to have had the experience and gain an understanding of what happened

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