The Second World War in Champagne and Ardenne

The campaign of May-June 1940 mainly took place in Sedan and on the river Aisne in the Ardennes. The conflict led to thousands of deaths and much destruction.

In 1944, Champagne was liberated. On the 7th of May 1945, Germany signed its surrender papers in Reims. The Musée de la Reddition (Museum of the Surrender) preserves this memory.

The Charles de Gaulle Memorial in Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises, which has been equipped with the latest museum and display facilities, offers a chance to discover the personality of one of the most famous Frenchmen of the twentieth century.


Reims Tourist Office
12, Boulevard du Général Leclerc – 51100 REIMS
Tel.: +33 (0)892 701 351 – Fax: +33 (0)326 774 519

Charles de Gaulle Memorial
52330 Colombey-les-deux-églises
Tel.: +33 (0)325 309 080 – Fax: +33 (0)325 309 099

The 3D show De Gaulle en grand projected on the Cross of Lorraine