11.30.2004


ENLARGE THE PHOTO


Hitler's Revenge
Acme News photo, dated April 7, 1941

German infantrymen take a rest at the base of the Marshal Foch Monument at Compiègne, the site of the French surrender in June 1940. The humiliated Germans had signed the WW I armistice documents on this very spot on November 11, 1918. Twenty-two years later, after his astounding defeat of France, Hitler ordered the memorial glade ripped up and ploughed over as a reprisal. Only Foch’s statue was left untouched. Why? A vengeful Hitler wanted the despised French leader's effigy to forever look upon a German field of victory.

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