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Jülich, a samll town northeast of Aachen, near the border to the Netherlands.
In 1794 under Napoleon Bonaparte, Jülich bekame part of french Territory – and was named Juliers. In 1814 the French Occupation was ended by Prussian, Danish and Mecklenburg troops. In rememberance of this 20 “french” years and the soldier life on the Jülich “bridgehead fortification” some Jülich people founded a club and perform some life history acts on special occasions.
On Pentecost there was a history festival in Jülich and this club demonstrated as one highlight the shooting of a 8 pound cannon (of course without the ball) including the historical drill. I plugged my ears and had one lucky shot with my cam regarding the timing.
You see the potential damage in the danger zone when firing the canneon even without the cannonball.
This was but one highlight, the people also offered also a guided tour through the fortification and gave us some very interesting insights on simple peoples life at that time.
The Tent in the background is a festival stage, in the right top corner you can see some of the fortification buiding. The big fortification area is today part of a park, opened on a gardening exhibition a few years ago.

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