I otoś stanął sam, odarty, jak martwa chmura za kratami, na pół cierpiący, a pół martwy, poryty ogniem, batem, łzami. W wielości swojej - rozegnany, w miłości swojej - jak pień twardy, haki pazurów wbiłeś w rany swej ziemi. I śnisz sen pogardy. Lecz kręci się niebiosów zegar i czas o tarczę mieczem bije, i wstrząśniesz się z poblaskiem nieba, posłuchasz serca: serce żyje.
Nuernberg, Germany, 1935, Airplanes flying in swastika formation.
When Adolf Hitler received word from the French government that they wished to negotiate an armistice, Hitler selected Compiègne Forest near Compiègne as the site for the negotiations. As Compiègne was the site of the 1918 Armistice ending the Great War with a humiliating defeat for Germany, Hitler saw using this location as a supreme moment of revenge for Germany over France. Hitler decided to sign the armistice in the same rail carriage (dt. ‘Wagen von Compiegne’) where the Germans had signed the 1918 armistice. However, in the last sentence of the preamble, the drafters inserted “However, Germany does not have the intention to use the armistice conditions and armistice negotiations as a form of humiliation against such a valiant opponent” referring to the French forces. Furthermore, in Article 3, Clause 2, the drafters stated that their intention was not to heavily occupy North-West France after cessation of hostilities with Britain.
In the very same railway carriage in which the 1918 Armistice was signed (removed from a museum building and placed on the precise spot where it was located in 1918), Hitler sat in the same chair in which Marshal Ferdinand Foch had sat when he faced the representatives of the defeated German Empire. After listening to the reading of the preamble, Hitler – in a calculated gesture of disdain to the French delegates – left the carriage, as Foch had done in 1918, leaving the negotiations to his Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (High Command of the Armed Forces) Chief, General Wilhelm Keitel.
If this wasn’t one of the greatest historical F*** yous then I don’t know my history.