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Point Du Jour - Grenelle, Siege of Paris, 1870-1871
24" x 18"
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Giclee Print

Point du Jour Grenelle Siege of Paris After the disastrous defeat of the French at Sedan and the capture of Napoleon III the Prussians surrounded Paris on September The French commander General Trochu initially opted to rely on a static defence based on the citys fortifications rather than trying to break through the Prussian encirclement The Prussians meanwhile had no intention of invading the city relying on a blockade to compel its capitulation Eventually the French made several attempts to break out but all were unsuccessful The city held out despite famine and great hardship until a bombardment with heavy siege guns led to its surrender on January From a private collection