On September 3, 1914, a sentence surely found in the duplicative archives of human warfare, was released to the people of Paris:

The members of the Government of the Republic have left Paris, to give a fresh impulse to national defense.

General Gallieni was left with a rag-tag collection of reserves and self-dismantling main forces to defend the city. He issued this stirring cry:

Without peace or truce, without cessation or faltering, the struggle for the honor of the nation and the reparation of violated rights must continue.

None of our armies is impaired. If some of them have sustained very considerable losses, the gaps have immediately been filled up from the reserves, and the appeal for recruits assures us of new reserves in men and energy tomorrow.

Endure and fight! Such must be the motto of the Allied British, Russian, Belgian and French armies.

People of France!

 

 

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