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Germany invades neutral Luxemburg

Above a black and white photograph of the Adolf Bridge (span: 84 meters)is the shield of Luxemburg, a red lion rampant on a background of blue and white horizontal stripes. Above the shield is a radiating crown and the years 1914 and 1915. The flag of Luxemburg - three horizontal bars of red, white, blue - is on either side.

The Adolf Bridge in Luxemburg. On the morning of August 3, 1914. © Verlag W. Capus, Luxemburg (Gare). Nachdr. ve

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Luxemburg, Adolfbrücke Spannweite 84 m : Adolf Bridge, span 84 meters

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Following the Schlieffen Plan, its blueprint for simultaneous war against France and Russia, Germany invaded the neutral Grand Duchy of Luxemburg on August 2, 1914. Germany had been a signatory to the 1867 Treaty of London which declared Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg neutral territory.

German troops crossed into Luxemburg over the Moselle River bridges at Wasserbillig and Remich and advanced towards the city of Luxemburg, the Grand Duchy's capital. The country was occupied through the war.

Grand Duchess Marie-Adélaïde protested the German occupation.