The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, August 1914
(left) Grand Duchess Marie-Adélaïde, 1894-1924
On July 31 1914 German troops seized the railway station at Trois Vierges. Two days later the Kaiser’s troops launched a full scale invasion. The Grand Duchess and her elderly Premier, Paul Eyschen, met the invader on the approach to Luxembourg City’s Adolphe Bridge. A perfunctory protest was lodged with the German commander, General Tessmar, who ignored it. No resistance was offered by either the local gendarmrie or the Grand Duchy’s small army. The entire country was occupied in a day.
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