The Storming of the Tuileries Palace

August 10, 1792

The revolutionary Fédéré militia or sans-culottes, with support from the Republican National Guard, storm the Tuileries Palace. Defended by only 950 members of the Swiss Guard, the palace stands little chance against the roughly 20,000 men marching on the palace backed by canons. Although the well-trained and highly disciplined Swiss Guard scores early success by preemptively attacking the mob, they are ordered to stop by King Louis XVI who has taken shelter in the National Assembly. Ultimately, the Swiss Guard will be defeated and hacked to pieces by the attacking mob, the throne room desecrated, and finally the King and his family, captured and beheaded.

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