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ILLUSTRATED MICHELIN GUIDES TO THE BATTLE FIELDS (1914 1918)

RHEIMS AND THE BATTLES FOR ITS POSSESSION.

MICHELIN & Cie CLERMONT=FERRAND. MICHELIN TYRE Co. Ltd., 81, Fulham Road, LONDON, S.W. MICHELIN TIRE Co., MILLTOWN, N.J., U.S.A.

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SUBSCRIPTIONS:

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6 francs for new Members of French nationality.

10 francs for new Members of other nationality, wherever their residence may be.

New subscriptions paid from October 1 are valid for the following calendar year.

Life subscriptions may be effected in one payment of 120 francs for persons of French nationality, or 200 francs if of other nationality.

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THE TOURING CLUB DE FRANCE, 65, AVENUE DE LA GRANDE ARMÉE, PARIS (16).

IN MEMORY OF THE MICHELIN EMPLOYEES AND WORKMEN WHO DIED GLORIOUSLY FOR THEIR COUNTRY.

RHEIMS AND THE BATTLES FOR ITS POSSESSION.

Published by MICHELIN & CIE Clermont Ferrand, France.

Copyright by Michelin & Cie. 1919.

All rights of translation, adaptation, or reproduction (in part or whole) reserved in all countries.

On July 6th, 1919, the President of the French Republic conferred the =Croix de la Légion d'Honneur= on Rheims (fastening it personally on the City Arms), with the following "=citation=":

" Martyred city, destroyed by an infuriated enemy, powerless to hold it.

" Sublime population who, like the Municipal Authorities models of devotion to duty and despising all danger gave proof of magnificent courage, by remaining more than three years under the constant menace of the enemy's attacks, and by leaving their homes only when ordered to do so.

" Inspired by the example of the heroic French maid of venerated memory, whose statue stands in the heart of the city, showed unshakeable faith in the future of France (Croix de Guerre). "

[Illustration: RHEIMS, AS SEEN FROM THE GERMAN LINES ( Photograph found on a German prisoner )]

=RHEIMS=

=POLITICAL HISTORY=

Rheims is one of the oldest towns in France, so old that legendary accounts, in an endeavour to outdo one another, carry back its foundation sometimes to 1440 B.C. after the Flood, sometimes to the siege of Troy. Lying at the intersection of the natural routes between Belgium and Burgundy, and between the Parisian basin and Lorraine, i.e. between political districts that long remained different in character, and regions having different commercial resources, it was at one and the same time the " oppidum " and market town . Its military and commercial position destined it early to be a great city.

It probably takes its name from the tribe of the Remi , who occupied almost the whole territory now forming the " départements " of the Marne and the Ardennes, and who were clients of the Suessiones (Soissons) before the Roman conquest... Continue reading book >>




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