Reims
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Reims

Northern French city located in the Département of the Marne. Even before the war, Reims had been an important memorial site. Its cathedral, a French Gothic gem begun in the 13th century, was the coronation site of kings, including the crowning of Charles VII in the presence of Joan of Arc in 1429. During September 4–12, 1914, the German Second Army occupied the city without its being destroyed. When the Germans withdrew from Reims, they took several citizens hostage, for here as elsewhere, the Germans feared the imagined attacks of Francs Tireurs (snipers).

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Horne, John, “Reims”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 28 July 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0496>
First published online: 2015



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