The consequences of decisions taken behind the scenes during the Second World War are well understood today. However, it’s easy to forget that back in 1940, things were not so clear – either for political and military figures or the general public.
June 16, 17 and 18 of that year were marked by the resignation of President Paul Reynaud, speeches by Marshal Pétain, and General de Gaulle’s Appeal, genuine landmark events in 1940. The Remembering '40 exhibition held at the Army Museum looks back at these events which shaped the history of France, examining how their perception has changed over time, both in history and in memory. It places 1940 in its context, presenting it in all its facets.
2020, an anniversary year
This exhibition forms part of a cycle of national commemorations. 2020 will mark the celebration of the 80th anniversary of combat in the French campaign, the Appeal of 18 June, the creation of Free France, and the anniversary dates of General de Gaulle’s birth and death (1890-1970).
Discover the “Historial Charles de Gaulle” multimedia space, as well as the [Museum of the Order of Liberation].
Access and contact
Days and opening hours
From 17/09/2020 to 10/01/2021, daily between 10 am and 6 pm.
- Adult: 14 €. Free entry for children < 18 years.