Wilhelm Keitel accepting the French surrender from Charles Huntzinger, Compiègne, France, 22 Jun 1940

Caption     Wilhelm Keitel accepting the French surrender from Charles Huntzinger, Compiègne, France, 22 Jun 1940 ww2dbase
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Source    ww2dbaseGerman Federal Archives
Identification Code   Bild 146-1982-089-18
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Invasion of France and the Low Countries   Main article  Photos  Maps  
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Photos on Same Day 22 Jun 1940
Photos at Same Place Compiègne, Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie, France
Added By C. Peter Chen

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1. Anonymous says:
12 Mar 2015 06:49:46 AM

Intersesting where you get such knowledge about. All what Keitel accepted it was only ceasefire
2. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
12 Mar 2015 08:49:22 PM

To Anonymous above:
Merriam-Webster defines “surrender” as “to yield to the power or control of another upon compulsion or demand; to give up completely.” The precise term for the legal instrument between France and Germany on 22 June 1940 was “armistice” which has a technical distinction from “surrender” I suppose, but it was Germany that imposed the armistice on France because that had more legal advantages for Germany. If Germany had demanded France’s surrender instead, France would have surrendered. Despite the hyper-literal legal distinction between “surrender” and “armistice,” from a common sense perspective “surrender” certainly describes France’s actions quite correctly.

In legal terms, “ceasefire” does not describe any part of this event under any legal definition.

It seems like a silly thing to split hairs over. France was conquered by Germany, no matter what kind of instrument was signed to stop the fighting.

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