Salle de Reddition, Reims

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    WW2 Eisenhower HQ - Musee de la Reddition

    by pedroswift Updated Oct 12, 2008

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    Musee de la Reddition (Museum of Surrender)
    An old school house served as Eisenhower's HQ from February 1945. That schoolhouse is now the small but fascinating Musée de la Reddition.
    A short film and several galleries of photos lead to the glassed-off room with 13 chairs in which the British, French, American, Soviet and German heads of state sat as Germany signed its surrender to the Allies on May 7th 1945.
    Open daily (except Tuesdays and public holidays) 10am–noon & 2–6pm. Entrance around €1.50.

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    The Surrender Museum

    by Nemorino Written Jan 12, 2014

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    The date usually given for the end of World War II is either May 8 or May 9, 1945, shortly before or shortly after midnight, which is when the German High Command signed the surrender papers in Berlin.

    A day before, on May 7, lower ranking German officers had already signed the unconditional surrender agreement in a school building in Reims, which at the time was the headquarters of the American General Dwight D. Eisenhower.

    Eisenhower himself was in the building but did not take part in the signing. Why not? Because no German officer of his rank was present. (Military logic?)

    The map room, where the surrender was signed, has been preserved just as it was – but put behind glass to protect the maps and furniture.

    In addition to the map room, the Museum of Surrender (Musée de la Reddition) has small exhibits and a film on the final stages of the war.

    Address: 10 rue Franklin-Roosevelt, 51100 Reims
    Directions: Location and photo on monumentum.fr
    Phone: 03 26 47 84 19
    Website: http://www.cndp.fr/crdp-reims/memoire/lieux/2GM_CA/musees/reddition.htm

    Next: Square of the Victims of the Gestapo

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    Salle de Reddition

    by Tom_Fields Written Nov 16, 2008

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    During the last part of World War II, the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe, General Eisenhower, set up his headquarters here in Reims. He chose a former schoolhouse near the railroad tracks. On May 7, 1945, the German generals unconditionally surrendered to the Allies here in this room. It's now called the Salle de Reddition, or Hall of Surrender.

    The room is still preserved in its original condition. One can still see the table where the surrender took place. There is also a small museum with some wartime memorabilia.

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  • Salle de Reddition (Surrender Museum)

    by dimilag Written May 10, 2007

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    Surrender Museum is the place in which was Eisenhower's headquarters from February to May 1945. The map room is where the surrender of the German troops took place on 7th May 1945. The room has been left exactly as it was, with the chairs and tables where Eisenhower and General Jodl sat and signed the surrender. It is situated bihind the Train station.

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