Here is the famous picture of those who signed the agreement in the railroad car along the front in northern France.
|Photographer unknown. In public domain in EU, UK and USA.|
People had to deal with the loss of millions of their loved ones. In Britain, so many young men had been killed that the Government soon developed a program for unmarried women to move abroad so that they might find husbands in the Commonwealth countries. Wounded, largely due to the improvement in medical care, survived by the hundreds of thousands. As amputees, many learned to use prostheses. Others who were facially wounded underwent new skin grafting techniques that were to be the solid basis for the development of plastic surgery.
Today, the park and forest around Compiegne's treaty site are peaceful sites. Like that day when the Entente military leaders and their German counterparts met in a railroad car, the foliage is thick. And as then, it is so deep you cannot see the sky. On that day, the Entente leaders wanted aerial coverage as protection but the canopy was so dense this was impossible.
|Museum at site of Armistice signing.|
Inside is Railroad Car, next in sequence of actual car since destroyed in fire.
|Aside from this car, the museum houses wonderful panoramic pictures of all aspects of military life. |
I estimate ninety percent of these are not duplicated anywhere else.
|Outside in the clearing, this statue|
to French General Foch
who received the German agreement to the cease fire for 11.11.18.