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To the Yser: the front stabilises

In August 1914, the Germans advanced in a southerly and westerly direction through Belgium. They soon reached the French-Belgian border, but they were halted at the Marne by French and British troops.
Redactie 03 September 2015

Through Belgium to Paris: the German invasion of Belgium

In the wake of the attack on the Austrian heir in June 1914, tensions between the European great powers escalated rapidly. However, the Belgians were not all that concerned: their country was neutral and so did not have to be afraid of becoming involved in a potential conflict. But this was without taking account of the German Schlieffen Plan, a military strategy that anticipated advancing through Belgium on Paris, in the event of a war with France.
Redactie 03 September 2015

The world at the front

The First World War was primarily fought in Europe, but soldiers and workers from all over the world came here to fight and work for the various armies.
Redactie 03 September 2015

Bronzed heroines

Although many spies from The First World War remained anonymous for good, some achieved heroic status. In this way, Edith Cavell was turned into a model of resistance immediately after her execution. This British citizen had been the head of the first Belgian nursing school since 1907. Following the German invasion, she became the central figure in a network that smuggled stranded Belgian, British and French soldiers over the border in the greatest secrecy.
Redactie 03 September 2015

An assassination that set the world alight: the attack on Franz Ferdinand on 28 June 1914

On 28 June 1914, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated in Sarajevo.
Redactie 03 September 2015

American help for the Belgians

On the eve of the war, Belgium was dependent for a great part of its food supply on imports. Because of the British maritime blockade, imports came to a standstill. As a result, food supplies quickly became problematic, particularly in the cities. In order to feed the population, a gigantic aid programme was set in motion undertaken by two organisations: the Nationaal Hulp- en Voedingscomité (NHVC) and the American Commission for Relief in Belgium.
Redactie 03 September 2015

Four years a refugee

The First World War created a gigantic stream of refugees. At least 500,000 Belgian citizens, more than 7% of the Belgian population, spent four long war years abroad.
Redactie 03 September 2015

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