The Compiègne Wagon in Compiègne Forest

The wagon where the WWI armistice was signed is located in the forest of Compiègne at 1h30 from Paris.

It is necessary to have a car to get to the clearing of the Armistice. There is no particular difficulty for the visit, the place is well reported and there is a large car park next door. The clearing of the Armistice has a special place in the history of France as it's in this clearing that was signed the armistice of the war 14-18 and the less glorious second armistice of June 22, 1940. Hitler demanded that the armistice of 1940 was signed in the same place as that of 1918 to repair the affront made to the Germany. On the road you can also admire the castle of Pierrefonds, which is located a few kilometers away.

Interest: notegood (1 note)
Difficulty: difficulté
Duration: 2 h.

The parking

It is located right next to the clearing.

The clearing of the armistice

The clearing of the armistice
During the great war the french had built a railroad to bring guns in the middle of the forest. In 1918 the front was located only a few miles away.

The clearing

The clearing
During the war the trees hide the artillery to the German air force. After the war it was decided to create a monument to commemorate the Armistice. The initial project was to create a large square with a triumphal arch. The monument was not erected as funds were missing.

Renault FT Tank

Renault FT Tank
There are a few guns and tanks at the entrance of the Museum.

The Central slab

The Central slab

The Museum

The Museum
Entrance fee for the museum : 5 euros. the Museum is small, it contains few rooms. Nevertheless the visit is interesting. The museum includes a replica of the wagon where the armistice of 1918 and 1940 was signed. The historic wagon was taken by the Germans in 1940. It was destroyed during a bombing raid.

The main room

The main room
There are a lot of stereoscopic (3D) photos of the great war.

Weapons

Weapons
You can see many weapons: Lebel rifles, Hotchkiss machine gun, sten...

The 2419D carriage

The 2419D carriage
'The Interior of the wagon has been reconstructed to show the place of the different emissaries. In 1940 Hitler''s troops have demolished the entrance to the Museum to bring out the car and place it in the center of the clearing as in 1918. The museum was then razed by the Germans.'

The forest

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The forest
You can also walk in the forest of Compiègne.

A basin

A basin

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