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|French to English translations [Non-PRO]|
Social Sciences - History / History of the Fort de Vaux
|French term or phrase: L'ennemi rend les honneurs|
|Ce dernier message du Commandant Raynal demande que l’on dégage le fort. Une tentative est menée le 6 juin mais échoue et finalement le fort de Vaux est pris le 7 juin. L’ennemi rend les honneurs aux troupes assoiffées. Le fort sera repris aux allemands le 2 novembre.|
*** L’ennemi rend les honneurs aux troupes assoiffées. ***
Thanks, I really don't understand what this sentence means in this context. Surrender? Make the honours? Return the "favour"? Give honour to?
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|Reference: The enemy may grant honours of war...|
...to defeated troops:
1. Lincoln's defeat at Charlestown 1780.
"Denied the courtesy of the customary honors of war allowed a defeated enemy, Lincoln's army was forced to march out of Charlestown without flags flying, weapons shouldered or playing a British march. (Honors of war included the privilege of playing a tune favored by the enemy as a gesture of defiance by the defeated force.)"
2. Siege of Yorktown 1781.
"The British had asked for the traditional Honors of War (marching out with dignity, flags waving, muskets shouldered, and playing an enemy [American] tune as a tribute to the victors), but remembering that the British, on taking Charleston earlier in the war, had refused the Americans (under Benjamin Lincoln) the same privilege, Washington firmly denied their request. Consequently, the British and Hessian troops marched with flags furled, muskets reversed in shame, while according to legend the British drummers and fifers played the tune "The World Turn'd Upside Down" - actually a popular British marching tune of the time, and in line with custom, but curiously appropriate under the circumstances....In a heavily symbolic gesture, Washington refused to receive the sword of surrender, indicating that it be offered to General Lincoln."
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