Saturday, August 2, 2014

When the First World War Came to Luxembourg...

Photo: Gerry Huberty / Luxemburger Wort /
100 years ago yesterday towards 7pm, the First World War came to Luxembourg when the first German soldiers crossed the border into the northern part of the Grand Duchy. The next day, on August 2nd, 1914, Germany launched a full invasion and thus the occupation of the country, which would last four years, began. To commemorate the sad event, sirenes rang out throughout the entire Grand Duchy between 2:58 and 3pm today. In addition, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, together with Luxembourgish, German, French and Belgian politicians, laid wreaths of flowers below the Gëlle Fra, a war memorial dedicated to the thousands of Luxembourgers who volunteered for service in the armed forces of the Allied Powers during World War I, in the Place de la Constitution.

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