The region was historically part of the Holy Roman Empire. It was gradually annexed by France in the 17th century under kings Louis XIII and Louis XIV and made one of the provinces of France. Alsace is frequently mentioned in conjunction with Lorraine, because German possession of parts of these two régions (as the imperial province Alsace-Lorraine, 1871–1918) was contested in the 19th and 20th centuries, during which Alsace changed hands four times between France and Germany in 75 years.
Alsace in Southern VictoryEdit
Alsace had been part the German province of Alsace-Lorraine since 1871. In early 1941, French king Charles XI demanded plebiscites be held in Alsace and Lorraine, a demand which Kaiser Wilhelm II refused. After Wilhelm II died, his successor, Wilhelm III, refused similar demands. France responded by invading Alsace and Lorraine, triggering the Second Great War in Europe.