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Paris After Two Sieges

Paris After Two Sieges

by William Woodall
     
 
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AFTER THE GERMAN SIEGE. CHAPTER II. The heights of Montmartre and Belleville, which, in the brief but spirited defence under Marmont, in 1814, were outworks of great

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AFTER THE GERMAN SIEGE. CHAPTER II. The heights of Montmartre and Belleville, which, in the brief but spirited defence under Marmont, in 1814, were outworks of great strategical importance, are now within the enceinte. From them, looking northwards, the view stretches out over an almost unbroken plain, extending from St. Denis, on the west, almost to Avron, on the east, and probably measuring forty square miles, space for an incredibly large army to deploy under the shelter of their fortifications. From these eminences, too, may be discerned, some six or seven miles away, the German positions, part of that marvellousenvironment by which 200,000 confident veterans, spread along a circumference of fifty miles, kept within a remorseless ring of steel and fire probably three times their own number of armed but ill-disciplined troops. We go out by the well-paved high-road to Lille, which runs from La Villette, and passing by the fort of Aubervilliers, four miles out, forms the main street of Le Bourget. Hard was the fate of Le Bourget. Its possession by the French was essential to the success of any sortie in this direction, a fact which made its retention by the Germans a thing not to be questioned, besides the satisfaction which its occupation gave them of annoying the defensive outposts. Le Bourget was consequently the object of furious contention over and over again. It was taken from the besiegers by a sort of filibustering expedition, and held for two feverish nights in October. It was one ofthe main points of a formidable combined movement on the 2ist of December, in which ramparts, field batLe Bourget. 29 teries, forts, and musketry assailed the German foreposts with sustained ding-dong without success. And again on the aist of January, under cover of a fog, a n...

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ISBN-13:
9781297637155
Publisher:
Andesite Press
Publication date:
08/11/2015
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.25(d)

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