Sunday, March 27, 2011
Rouget de Lisle wrote the song Chant de guerre pour l'Armée du Rhin in Strasbourg on 25 April 1792. The song was adopted as the marching song of the National Guard of Marseille, a group of volunteers.These volunteers then entered Paris in July.
The song's lyrics reflect the invasion of France by Prussian and Austrian armies with the intent of reestablishing the monarchy. Strasbourg was attacked just a few days after Lisle wrote the song. The invading forces were repulsed from France following their defeat near Reims at the Battle of Valmy on the 20th of September.