§700

19th century:

§700 Alsace-Lorraine in the Peace of Frankfort (1871): X-51.


X-51:

The lower places of the country of Lorraine,

Shall be of the united Low German States,

By those of the siege in Picardy, Normandy, le Maine,

And they shall be made up into the frame of administrative division.

 

(Des lieux plus bas du pays de Lorraine

Seront des basses Allamaignes unis,

Par ceux du siege Picards, Normans du Maisne,

Et aux cantons ce seront reunis.)

 

NOTES: Allamaigne: from the Lat. « Alamanni, = Alemanni, one of the German peoples living by the upper Rhine; Alemannia, country of the Alemanni.» (TanakaH).

The lower places of the country of Lorraine, Shall be of the united Low German States: « The Low Lorraine and the places lower than Lorraine (Alsace) shall be united into the Southern Germany.» (Vignois, 1910, p.317).

Those of the siege in Picardy, Normandy, le Maine: = the Prussians occupying such French districts: « The army of General Chanzy, which we left in position on the Mayenne, with its centre at Laval [le Maine], now claims our attention. We have recorded how Chanzy stood at bay at every stage of his retreat from Orleans; and while he kept the enemy in his front, never for a moment forgot that his objective was Paris. The last stage of his retreat was indeed effected in accordance with orders from the Minister of War, and contrary to Chanzy's better judgment. Yet even in these circumstances he made the best of the situation, and took up a strong defensive position with a broad and deep river in his front, and with the alternative of a retreat northward to Carentan in the event of further defeat; or otherwise, an advance in a north-easterly direction over the line of the Eure above Dreux [Normandy]. While Prince Frederick Charles menaced Chanzy's front, two columns were sent in a northerly direction under the command of the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg, with orders to disperse the Francs-tireurs in the department of the Eure [Normandy], and prevent the Armies of the North and West from establishing communications. And everywhere as the Duke advanced the retreating French were driven right and left in a panic. On the 26th the two columns arrived at Rouen [Normandy], and effected a junction with the forces of Goeben, fresh from the action of St. Quentin [Picardy]. Chanzy in the meanwhile prepared for the opportunity that the chances of war might after all possibly afford him by organizing an independent force for the defence of Brittany and the Loire-Inférieure, and he was engaged in the reconstitution of the various corps, with this object in view, when intelligence of the armistice reached him in the afternoon of Jan. 29th. The capitulation of Paris had suddenly left this intended effort without an objective, and instead of a march on Paris from his strong position at Laval, it was the fate of Chanzy to fall back, and place a respectful distance between himself and his enemy in terms of the armistice. The positions to which he retired were in front of Poitiers, (where Chanzy now established his head-quarters,) south of the Loire, and west of its tributary, the Creuse. The military arrangements imposed on the Government were all to the advantage of the Germans in case the National Assembly about to be convened should declare for the continuance of the war. The history of the Second Army of the Loire is terminated when we add that it furnished twenty-one regiments of infantry, three battalions of chasseurs, nine regiments of cavalry, and fourteen batteries to the Army of Versailles, which crushed the Commune of Paris.» (Rich, II, p.535-537).

And they shall be made up into the frame of administrative division: The word « cantons », distinguished from that of  mere « places », may indicate their official annexation to Germany through the Frankfort Treaty of Peace between Germany and France in May, 1871.

« On the 26th [February 1871], no alternative remained but to sign the preliminaries, which included an extension of the armistice till the 12th of March, that the National Assembly might have time to confirm the work of their diplomatic representatives. The principal conditions were: —

1. The cession of Alsace, except Belfort, and of German Lorraine; that is to say, the arrondissements of Metz, Thionville, and Sarreguemines, in the department of the Moselle; of Chateau-Salins and Sarreburg, in the department of the Meurthe; and of the cantons of Schirmech and Saales, in the department of the Vosges…

3. The French territory occupied by the German troops was to be evacuated as follows: The departments or parts of departments situated on the left of the Seine [Normandy, le Maine] immediately after the ratification of the preliminaries by the Assembly; the rest of France at intervals as the instalments of the war indemnity were paid — that is to say, the departments of the Somme, the Oise, the Seine-Inférieure [Picardy, Normandy], Seine and Oise, Seine and Marne, Seine and the forts of Paris on the right bank, after the payment of the first half-milliard;..

4. The French army was to retire to the south of the Loire, and not to pass the line of demarcation before the signature of the definitive treaty of peace;...» (Rich, II, p. 560).

« These terms were incorporated into the definitive Treaty of Frankfurt, May 10th, 1871.» (Palmer, p. 104).

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