Franco-German armistice negotiations at Compiégne

SS-Gruppenführer Papa Hausser and SS-Untersturmführer Kepplinger
On July 19 1940, Hitler tried once more for conciliatory negotiations with the British opponents. But Churchill remained resolute. The war moved into the next round. The Blitz, i.e. the air raids on London, began only after Britain had continuously bombarded German cities for three month. Pointless restraint was at an end. On July 21 1940, Hitler and his high command, waited to receive the French Peace Delegation in Compiégne. The negotiations took place and were sealed in the same railway salon-wagon as had been used on November 8 1918 for the Surrender Treaty of the German Empire. However, it was certainly no repeat performance of humiliation as had happened on that autumn day. Then, the German envoys were treated with abuse, and already as prisoners of war, by the French Marshal Ferdinand Foch. However, in July 1940, Germany´s opponents were treated with military honor, the negotiations were handled correctly. Image: SS-Gruppenführer Paul Hausser presenting the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross to SS-Untersturmführer Ludwig Kepplinger from SS-Standarte Der Führer in september 1940. Kepplinger was the first NCO of the Waffen-SS to receive the Knight's Cross. On August 6 1944 SS-Sturmbannführer Kepplinger was ambushed and killed by French partisans in Villiers-Charlemagne in Normandy. His body was found 35 years later. Public domain.

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