The Germans prepare for the Armistice

The Armistice of November 1918 was signed in a railway carriage by Field Marshall Foch. Second from left is General Weygand who was to command French forces in 1940.

The humiliating peace terms of the First World War were one of the root causes of Nazism. Hitler was determined that the peace he imposed would extinguish that humiliation. He ordered that the railway carriage where the 1918 Armistice had been signed by the defeated German army should be brought to the exact same spot in the Forest of Compiegne for the ceremony to be held on the 22nd June.

German troops remove the railway wagon from a French museum on the 21st June 1940.

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