Saturday, 10 November 2018

Attention to detail



According to the 8.30 am news summary on Today this morning:
Around 70 world leaders are joining Emanuel Macron in Paris for a weekend of events to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. President Macron and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit the railway carriage where the armistice was signed. 
As Biased BBC fact-checker AsISeeIt observed though, that railway carriage (the Compiègne Wagonwas actually destroyed in 1945, probably by the SS.

There's more on its eventful history here, including such information as this:
After the war, the Glade of the Armistice was fully restored and, in 1950, a renumbered carriage of the same design was placed in the Clairière de l'Armistice to form the centrepiece of the memorial. Of the original, just a few fragments of the carriage remain, as does the pen used to sign the armistice and an ashtray pocketed by one of the people present at the 1918 signing as a souvenir.

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