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Clairiere de l'Armistice

Compiegne, France
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Ranked #4 of 16 attractions in Compiegne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Belfast, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

we visited this on a very wet day in July. A fee to get in and no photographs allowed. They put on the English commentary for us which helped. The 3D photos are excellent though very large in number. It was important for us to show our children the importance and significance of the carriage. The uniforms would have been... More

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Fontainebleau, France
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67 reviews 67 reviews
34 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I came here with my father as we bother share an interest in history and the World Wars, and we both know about the importance of the location. I think that the visit would have been a lot less interesting otherwise. It may not be the original carriage, but it was still very interesting to see. However, if the museum... More

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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The 3-D photos are well worth going through although there are an awful lot of them; give a great feeling of the atmosphere of being there. Slightly strange to have the uniforms displayed on female mannequins with improbably long eyelashes and tiny hands and stuck-on moustaches.

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Kent, England
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186 reviews 186 reviews
46 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The historical importance of this location makes this a worthwhile place to visit although the way it is presented has been coloured, not unexpectedly, by the French version of history. I don't think the fact that the carriage wasn't the original detracts from the significance here, but if it could of been located on the railway track it would of... More

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Palmyra, Wisconsin
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147 reviews 147 reviews
99 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I really liked this bit of history and even though the carriage is not original it is an exact replica and it was really cool to see the carriage and get the sense of that part of history. The historic importance is this is the glade where the armistice was signed. The museum inside has stereoscopic photos that were taken... More

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essex
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We visited the museum today which was as I expected it to be,peacefull, and moving. However upon entering the museum we noticed the french couple in front of us had a leaflet type guide handed to them, when I asked for one I was told they only have them in french !. As the armistice is as important to the... More

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Halesworth, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Just outside Compiegne in the forest lies this small clearing with a fine statue of Marshal Foch and a small memorial denoting where the carriage stood in both 1918 and 1940. The carriage, a replica after the original was burnt in Berlin in 1945, stands in a small building which houses the museum to one side of the clearing. A... More

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London
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12 reviews 12 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

It's a bit out of the way, but there can't be many places that have been the scene of such pivotal events. First, the railway carriage saw the signing of the Armistice on 11/11/1918 that finally ended the slaughter of WW1. Then in June 1940 Hitler insisted that the French sign an Armistice agreement in the very same carriage, sitting... More

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Belgium
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91 reviews 91 reviews
22 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

WWI armistice ends a butchery, the memorial shows and acknowledge that. It is also leaving countries with a spirit of revenge, of defeat or of victory, the memorial shows it also. The place could be more modern (no card payment, low interactivity), it gives a strange taste of nationalism which I would not expect from a memorial for end of... More

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Geelong, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

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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