|March by Johann Heinrich Walch|
|Composer(s)||Johann Heinrich Walch|
The piece was probably already well known around 1800 in Frankfurt am Main. On 31 March 1814, it was played in the presence of Emperor Francis I of Austria, Tsar Alexander I, and King Friedrich Wilhelm III during the expedition of the allied troops in Paris at the end of the War of the Sixth Coalition.
Due to its clearly anti-French title, the march became popular during the time of the German Empire. In addition, still later during the Weimar Republic and the later in the Third Reich, it was a popular symbol of Franco-German "hereditary enmity“. .
In 1940, after the victory of the German armed forces over France, the march was played, as in 1814, during the formal entry of the German troops into Paris. In the Federal Republic of Germany it is rarely played in public due to its problematic history. Abroad, it is particularly popular in Russia, where it has formed part of the traditional repertoire of the country's military music since 1814.