In 1940, French soldiers in Lille held off a German force 5 times their size, allowing 100,000 more Allied troops to evacuate at Dunkirk and prompting the German general to grand them an Honours of War ceremony after the surrender en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
Today I learned of the very first telecommunication system invented by Claude Chappe in 1792. Telegraph towers with two moveable arms connected with cross arm allowed 196 combinations. With distance of 12-25 km between towers, the first link between Paris and Lille was established with bit rate less than 1bit/s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
There is only a single known audio recording from WWI. It involves British troops firing gas shells at German positions during their advance on Lille, France, on October 9, 1918. youtu.be/Hk58wjYkE_g
The captain of the French soccer side Lille was born in international waters so his passport reads 'born at sea'. Until 2004 when he recieved French nationality, he was technically not a national of any country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio…

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