After being defeated at the Battle of Gravelotte, Marshal Bazaine, retreated into the defenses of Metz. There he was besieged by the Prussian Second Army lead by Prince Friedrich Karl on September 3. The French attempted to break the siege first at Noiseville and again at Bellevue but were repulsed each time. Although no call for help was made, the French Army of Châlons under the command of Marshal Mac-Mahon was nevertheless ordered to reinforce Bazaine. Marching to Metz, the Army of Châlons was trapped and destroyed at the Battle of Sedan. Bazaine was forced to surrender his entire army on October 23 1870. Prince Friedrich Karl and the Prussian Second Army were now free to move against the French force in the Loire River area.
Poets of la Guerre; Pour la Patrie: French Poets Jean Cocteau (Inset Right) and Blaise Cendrars (Far Right) Survived World War I
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