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RESERVES CROSSING A RIVER ON THE WAY TO VERDUN. "They shall not pass" is a phrase which for all time will be associated with the heroic defense of Verdun. To future generations of French people it will bring a thrill of pride even surpassing that enkindled by the glorious "The Old Guard dies, it never surrenders." The guardians of the great fortress on the Meuse have proved themselves invincible in attack, invulnerable in defense.

Date 31 May 2005
Source 300 ppi scan of the National Geographic Magazine, Volume 31 (1917), page 338.
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