Bruly-de-Pesche (Belgium) (1) - Montcornet (2)

Hitler left the Wolfsschlucht at 9.00 a.m. to drive to Laon, through Montcornet.

The village of Laniscourt. This picture was taken from a car in Hitler’s motorcade. (picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940)


Hitler on the courtyard of Fort Laniscourt (picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940) The same location today. Entering the courtyard it’s directly on the left. (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009) On the other side of the courtyard is a similar entrance. (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009) Hitler and his company leaving Fort Laniscourt (picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940) The same location today: the entrance to the fort. (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009) WWI monument for French soldiers (9) Location: Crossing near Choléra Today: Monument aux Chars d’Assaut Somewhere on the road to La Neuville the group visited a war monument. There must be pictures of this event, but I couldn’t find them until now.


Airport (13) Location: North of Reims, along the D966 Today: Still there At the airport of Reims Hitler took a plane back to Le Gros-Caillou (14) in Regniowez (near FHQ Wolfsschlucht 1).

Hitler visited the Champagne and Vlaanderen on June 25 and 26 together with Max Amann and Ernst Schmied, old friends from the First World War. The locations mentioned are in France, unless otherwise indicated.     

1. Bruly-de-Pesche, Belgium

2. Montcornet

3. Notre Dame, Laon

4. Rue de la Herse

5. Cerny-lès-Bucy

6. Montbavin

7. Fort de Laniscourt

8. Festieux

9. Choléra

10. Berry-au-Bac

11. La Neuville

12. Cathedral, Reims

13. Airport, Reims

14. Le Gros-Caillou, Regniowez   

JUNE 25, 1940 BELGIUM and FRANCE JUNE 1940 The cars in front of the cathedral (picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940)

Hitler inside the church with Max Amman and Ernst Schmidt

 (picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940)

Hitler after having left the cathedral (pictures: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940) The doors of the church were barricaded because of the war. (picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940) Cathédrale de Notre-Dame (3) Location: Rue du Cloître Today: Still there Hitler visited the cathedral of Laon. Maybe Adolf Hitler, Max Amann and Ernst Schmidt, old WW1-comrades, had been there befotre in 1917/1918 A few days earlier, on his way to Compeigne (June 21), Hitler also was in Laon.  This picture shows him on the Rue de la Herse (4) (picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940)


Hitler somewhere in the streets of Cerny-les-Bucy (picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940)


Hitler at a farm he must have known from WW1 in Cerny-les-Bucy (pictures: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940) Hitler in front of the church in Montbavin (picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940) The church is still there. (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009) The Church of Montbavin (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009)


Route through Festieux (8) - Choléra (9) - Berry-au-Bac (10) On the way to Reims the group of cars went through Festieux and Berry-au-Bac. The cars on the way to Reims. On the hill in the background is Laon (picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940)


French cemetery (11) Location: Near Berry-au-Bac is a road called La Neuville Today: Cimetière National de la Maison Bleue Near La Neuville Hitler visited a French war cemetery.


Notre Dame de Reims (12) Location: Place du Cardinal Luçon Today: Still there At the end of the trip Hitler and his men went to Reims to see the cathedral. Hitler in his car in front of the cathedral of Reims (picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940)


Belgium and France June 25, 1940 weergeven op een grotere kaart