Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring, Joachim von Ribbentrop, and others before the railroad car that hosted the French surrender, Compiègne, France, 22 Jun 1940

Caption   Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring, Joachim von Ribbentrop, and others before the railroad car that hosted the French surrender, Compiègne, France, 22 Jun 1940 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseGerman Federal Archive
Identification Code   Bild 101III-Pleißer-001-19
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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
Added Date 25 Sep 2012

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1. Anonymous says:
12 Mar 2015 06:47:34 AM

You should better learn history France has been never surrendered. Yours description is ridiculous.
In German it was named Waffenstillstand - that means in English ceasefire
2. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
12 Mar 2015 08:50:14 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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WW2-Era Place Name Compiègne, Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie, France
Lat/Long 49.4274, 2.9064

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