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Compiègne
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Compiègne

French town and railway junction on the River Oise, some 60 km northeast of Paris; in 1917 it became the seat of the French Headquarters (GQG) and later the site of the 1918 Armistice. On November 11, 1918, at around 5:20 am, the Armistice between the Entente represented by chief negotiator Marshal Ferdinand Foch, and the German Empire was signed in a wooded area near Compiègne. The act itself took place in a railway carriage parked in a siding that belonged to a disused railway gun emplacement. The German Armistice Commission was led by the Center Party politician Matthia…

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Werth, German, “Compiègne”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 01 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0134>
First published online: 2015



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