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Photos of Day 1 of the Australian War Memorial Tour of the Western Front 2007

Flying across the Alps to Paris and then to Compiegne before travelling to Amiens.

Compiegne France - Site of the Armistice Nov 1918

and the French capitualtion June 1940


The Compiègne Forest was the site of the signing of two armistices; the 1918 Armistice with Germany and the 1940 Armistice with France. Hitler specifically chose the location, and had the original signing carriage moved from Paris to Compiègne, as an irony for the defeated French. The site still houses several memorials to the 1918 armistice, including a copy of the original railway carriage (the original, after used in the 1940 armistice, was moved to Berlin and subsequently destroyed during an Allied air raid).