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Monday, May 6, 2013

Invalides, Museum of Army of France, marvelous WWI exhibits

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For those of you pondering visiting the Invalides in Paris, run, do not walk to one of the most marvelous exhibits on World War One.  While most of the parlors devoted to the 1914-1918 conflict center on French Army efforts, the chambers are filled with so many valuable items that I can list only a few.

Before you immerse yourself in the three chambers devoted to three phases of French WWI efforts, do see the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. One of the most breath-taking memorial sights in the world (next to the American Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington, Virginia and the Cenotaph in London, IMHO), the crypt of the man who was the first emperor of the French is truly awe-inspiring.

For a fine and brief introduction to the rest of the Invalides, do watch this film:

This picture does no justice to the majesty of the crypt.
Official photo of Musee-Armee,
For the memorial to Marshal Foch, the third and last French commander during the war, I will do that more justice with a separate post. But here it is in the Dome of the Invalides.
Copyright, 2011, A. Power.

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