These are the next twelve photographs from the collection relating to Erwin Rommel's exploits in France during the Spring of 1940. They appear to have been taken on June 19, 1940, but unfortunately at the moment I cannot determine the location where this impromptu surrender ceremony took place. I welcome comment by anyone who has reasonably good information about the location of the photographs, as well as the identity of the French officers involved.
This must have been a truly painful and humiliating experience for the French officers assembled in these photographs, most of whom were surely veterans of the Great War. Like the Germans, they had suffered terribly in the First World War, but unlike the Germans, they and their allies had persisted, survived, and ultimately prevailed. Now, in a few short weeks in the Spring of 1940, their victory had been undone, and they, rather than the Germans, had suffered a grievous blow.