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Clairiere de l'Armistice

Compiegne, France
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Ranked #3 of 16 attractions in Compiegne
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Historic Sites, Military Museums
Description: This clearing marks the site of the drawing up of the armistice agreement with the defeated Germans in 1918.
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Geelong, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

The place where the armistice was signed to end WW1. The small museum is informative and filled with interesting items that document what war was like. There are photographs of hitler in this spot with flags over the sculptures outside. It is an eerie place and well worth a visit. We took our daughters to assist with educating them about... More

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

Definitely worth a visit. The building looks a bit tired externally but well presented with commentary in several languages. Warning in car park about thefts put everything out of sight before you get there to reduce risk or take important kit with you. No catering on site. Martin

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Compiegne, France
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

the site is fascinating and instructive. All young people, especially, should visit it. The outside is solemn and dignified; but one can only get an idea of the extent of the interest by paying the small fee to enter into the railway carriage and museum. The diaporamas of authentic photos, taken in the trenches and in the surrounding devastated countryside... More

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Dover, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

For goodness sake, take care. We walked from the car park to the railway sidings, took a couple of photos and then strolled back to our car - about 15 minutes at the very most. When we got back our car had been broken into, rear passenger window smashed and loads of stuff stolen. When we went to the police... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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71 reviews 71 reviews
35 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Just a clearing in the Forest of Compiegne. In 1918 representatives of the defeated German army sign a peace treaty in a railway carriage that had been shunted there. In 1940 Germans bring back the carriage so the French can sign their capitulation on exactly the same spot. A facsimile of the carriage is now in place in a small... More

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

An interesting trip with the one hundredth anniversary of the first world war coming up thought it was worth a visit. No idea why cameras not allowed in the museum itself. An interesting hour and important to go, but could do with a bit of updating. very french/american centric.

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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Easy to find, just outside Compiegne. The clearing where the First World War Armistice was signed is in a beautiful setting with the railway lines where the original carriage stood. There is a small museum in which a carriage stands, although not the original which was burnt. It costs 5€ per adult and worth a look.

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Wolverhampton, England
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57 reviews 57 reviews
36 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

If you are interested in WW1/WW2 history this is a really interesting place to visit. In addition to the memorial there is also a small museum (€5 entry) which contains the railway carriage and a range of maps, photos and other items. There were also lots of newspapers from the period, many of which were in English. There is also... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Bearing in mind the UK's heavy losses in WW1 in a war that essentially we should never have been involved in, this Museum is only really from the French perspective. There is a reproduction of the carriage used to sign the Armistice in and there is a commentary in English. BUT if some French visitors arrive the English commentary is... More

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Sussex
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

History made (twice) in the middle of the forest. Replica of Marshall Foch's railway carriage (original burnt by Nazis at the wars end). Interesting photos and maps.

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