These bomb fragments came from a famous siege during the Franco-Prussian War. Strasbourg was considered one of the strongest fortresses in France. It was under the command of General Uhrich and he command a garrison of 17,000 men. The crown Prince Frederick gave the order to General von Werder whose forces total 40,000 to capture the city at all cost.
General von Werder instead of laying siege on the city which could have gone on for months, decided to bomb the place into submission. His strategy worked, for the French on hearing that they had lost the Battle of Sedan which meant they were not to be rescued. When Werder captured on of the city’s fortifications General Uhrich saw that it was out manned and opened negotiations with Werder to surrender the city.
The French never forgave the Germans for when Werder bombardment of the city on August 23 caused considerable damage to the city. Many of its landmarks and historic treasure were destroyed. The population asked the Bishop Strasbourg to beg him to stop the destruction and they would pay him 100.000 francs each day he did not bomb the city, but he refused. The worst was on August 24 when the Museum of Fine Arts was destroyed and the Municipal Library and it priceless collection of medieval books was destroyed. What Werder did at that time was the equivalent of what the Taliban did in Afghanistan when they destroyed buddhist sculpture, a crime against humanity.