Military Occupation of Luxembourg – 1914

On August 2, 2014 at 14:58 air-raid sirens will be wailing in communes across Luxembourg for 2 minutes to commemorate the start of the Great War in the country.

Residents of Luxembourg are urged not to panic when the alarm is raised to mark the Great War centenary tomorrow.

1914
Luxemburger Wort, Monday 3 August 1914, Page 1 [online: http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu/BnlViewer/view/index.html?lang=en#panel:pp|issue:1117588|page:1] Courtesy of Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg.

The First World War officially began in Luxembourg on the 2nd of August 1914. The day before, at about 7 in the evening, the first German soldiers entered the northern part of neutral Luxembourg, taking over the country, as they began their march westwards to attack France.

© 2014 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

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Author: Cathy Meder-Dempsey

As a military brat I've lived in Georgia, France, Idaho, West Virginia, Spain, South Carolina, Texas, and Luxembourg. Married 39 years with two grown children. When I’m not doing genealogy, I spend time riding my racing bike with my husband through the wonderful countryside in Luxembourg and surrounding countries.

3 thoughts on “Military Occupation of Luxembourg – 1914”

  1. I agree, very sobering! The thought of this is so scary! We’ve been so blessed in our country not to experience this, in our lifetime. There was the Civil War which had some similarities, like the burning of Atlanta. Thanks though, it helps get my history straight!

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