Monday, June 22, 2009

This Day in June - A Significant Date in History

My thoughts concerning the 22nd of June coalesced into three realities today, and the number 22 is one of intrinsic interest to me, essentially due to coincidence:
First; in 1918, Germany surrendered to France in the Compiegne Forest , ending The War To End All Wars. This ceremony was consummated in a railway car in a clearing in the forest.
Second; on the 22nd of June in 1940, France surrendered to Germany in the Compiegne Forest, resulting in Hitler's formal occupation of France. In an act of hateful revenge, Hitler arranged to transport the same railway car, used in 1918, to the same clearing, in order to humiliate his ancient foe. By the way, this act took place 22 (!) years after the first encounter between these adversaries.
Third; on the 22nd of June, 1941, a year to the day of the French surrender, Hitler changed the course of history by invading Russia and ultimately insuring his own destruction.
And so, the number 22 bears witness to defining events in a saga we call History.

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