On the morning of July 14th, 1789, a group formed of craftsmen and salesmen decided to fight back and ran to the Invalides to steal some weapons.
The mob stole 28,000 riffles there, however no powder was to be found.
The crowd knew that a pile of powder was stocked in the Bastille, a prison that was a symbol of the King’s absolute and arbitrary power.
So they decided to attack it.
At the time of the storming, the Bastille was only guarded by a few soldiers. There were 80 “invalides”, veteran soldiers wounded in the field and around 30 grenadiers from the Swiss mercenary regiments.
Marquis Bernard-Rene de Launay was at the time governor of the “Invalides.
The Storming of the Bastille and the Arrestation of Governor de Launay. Source: Anonymous.