The Armistice which ended The Great War was signed aboard a railway car at Compiègne on 11 November 1918.

This side trip provides a short tour to the location, and returns to the A1 Motorway for the continuing journey north to the Battle of the Somme and Vimy.
En route photography resourced from Google Street View, other researched sources.
This road travels north east to Compiègne
Oise River and bridge. The Oise River flows southwest from Belgium to meet the River Seine. The Department in this region is named for the river.
Compiègne area. The city to the left has a population of 42,000. It is town which serves the local area. We will be travelling around the southern fringes.
This road travels northeast to meet the route to the Armistice location.
Armistice location ahead.
Armistice location in Compiègne Forest.
A car park is here, it's just a short walk towards where the Armistice was signed.
Marshal Ferdinand Foch Statue overlooks where the Allied railway coach was situated for the signing.
Where the Allied Coach was. The building houses a restored coach very similar to the one that was here in 1918, and also in 1940.
Placement of the Allied Coach.
There were two coaches, in the foreground the Allied coach was, in the background the German coach. In between these placement is a plaque that says: ICI LE 11 NOVEMBRE 1918 SUCCOMBA LE CRIMINEL ORGUEIL DE L'EMPIRE ALLEMAND VAINCU PAR LES PEUPLES LIBRES QU'IL PRETENDAIT ASSERVIR (Here, on 11 November 1918, the criminal pride of the German Empire succumbed, vanquished by the free peoples it sought to enslave), Foch decided that the Allies' train would wait on the siding, so that the train carrying the German representatives could arrive on the main line (in the background. The railway line served locations where railway car mounted guns were placed. The location was chosen as it was hidden
from both ground and aerial view.
At 9.00 a.m Nomvember 10, . the Germans' train hissed to a halt. On a line opposite, about a hundred metres away, they could see another train of three carriages in which the Allied negotiators were waiting.
At 5.12 a.m., the armistice document was signed. Foch suggested that for simplicity, the time of the signing should be recorded as 5.00 a.m. and this was agreed to. It was also agreed that the armistice should come into effect six hours later, at 11.00 a.m. the same day. It's pure coincidence that the armistice came into effect at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Foch refused to shake hands with any of the Germans, and simply said, "Eh bien, messieurs, c'est fini, allez." (Well, Gentlemen, it's finished. Go.") There was just time for a photograph before he himself left for Paris with his copy of the Armistice document. The German delegates returned home the way they had come.
The building housing the restored coach similar to the one used in 1918.
The original carraige was destroyed by fire by SS in the 1940's It was brought back to Germany as a war trophy and then destroyed. After WW II, another carriage was obtained, constructed in the same 1913 batch as the original. This was renumbered 2491D and placed inside a new carriage-house. Inside it were placed the furnishings, documents and personal items previously displayed in the original carriage, items which had been removed and taken to a place of safety on the outbreak of war in 1939. This done, the Armistice Clearing was re-dedicated on 11th November, 1950.
The allied representatives at the signing of the armistice. Ferdinand Foch, second from right, seen outside his railway carriage in the forest of Compiègne.
A painting showing the signing. Generalissme Foch is standing. The Armistice was the result of a hurried and desperate process. The German delegation headed by Matthias Erzberger crossed the front line in five cars and was escorted for ten hours across the devastated war zone of Northern France, arriving on the morning of 8 November. They were then entrained and taken to the secret destination, aboard Ferdinand Foch's private train parked in a railway siding The Armistice was agreed at 5am on 11 November, to come into effect at 11am Paris time (12 noon German time),[11] for which reason the occasion is sometimes referred to as "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month". Signatures were made between 5:12 am and 5:20 am, Paris time.
The British public was notified of the armistice by a subjoined official communiqué issued from the Press Bureau at 10:20 am, when David Lloyd George, the British prime minister, announced: "The armistice was signed at five o'clock this morning, and hostilities are to cease on all fronts at 11 a.m. to-day
At 10:50 am, Foch issued this general order: "Hostilities will cease on the whole front as from November 11 at 11 o'clock French time The Allied troops will not, until further order, go beyond the line reached on that date and at that hour."
This is the Alsace-Lorraine Memorial, showing a German eagle lying dead before a sword, with the inscriptions in French "11 November 1918" and "To the heroic soldiers of France, defenders of the Fatherland and of Right, glorious liberators of Alsace and Lorraine".
heading back to the A1 Motorway to the Somme and Vimy.
Le viaduc de Compiègne. The viaduct opened in 2011 provides a direct access to the areas north of the Oise River and the surrounding estuary. The structure is 2.1 km long.
A look back towards Compiegne Forest.
Northen end of the viaduct. Ahead is a turn west to travel along a route to meet the A1 Motorway.
An older section of a busy highway as we travel west.
A turn right off this highway to the A1 motorway.
Have your euros, credit card or a prepaid travel ticket ready. Toll station ahead.
Freedom has its price.
Click on this picture to continue north to Somme and Vimy Ridge.
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