I have studied both French history and the Pontmain Apparition and I didn't know this!
By Philip Kosloski
The soldiers turned back after seeing the Virgin Mary appear in the sky.
n 1870, the Kingdom of Prussia waged war against Eastern parts of France and had many victories, including the Siege of Paris in 1871. It was a brutal war, resulting in numerous casualties, and further destabilized Europe. While many different factors contributed to the end of the war, a miraculous vision of the Virgin Mary protected a French town that might have been destroyed.