Invasion of Belgium

Invasion of Belgium

The History Channel  |  November 11, 2018

On August 2, 1914, Belgium did not expect to be at war, but by the following day, that was exactly its situation. That this small country could stop a German army ten times larger than its own was unthinkable. What followed in the first few days of the First World War was remarkable, bringing the first deaths, the first air raid, the first mass gas attack and the first battles and the first gallantry awards, all of which has been largely ignored by the enormity of the five million deaths that followed. The film traces that first month, the battles of Liege, Antwerp and Mons. In reconstruction it uses the words of those who took part and looks at the remains of the battlefields and the fortifications that amazingly still exist. The small Belgian army held up the German advance, the British Expeditionary Force fought its first battle and the invincible German army was brought to a standstill in Belgium. The British army started at the small Belgian city of Mons which the Germans occupied for four years until the very last day of the war, when it was retaken and where it was to see the last death. The film is the story, through the words of a few soldiers who were there, of the first month and the last day of the "war to end all wars".

On August 2, 1914, Belgium did not expect to be at war, but by the following day, that was exactly its situation. That this small country could stop a German army ten times larger than its own was unthinkable. What followed in the first few days of the First World War was remarkable, bringing the first deaths, the first air raid, the first mass gas attack and the first battles and the first gallantry awards, all of which has been largely ignored by the enormity of the five million deaths that followed. The film traces that first month, the battles of Liege, Antwerp and Mons. In reconstruction it uses the words of those who took part and looks at the remains of the battlefields and the fortifications that amazingly still exist. The small Belgian army held up the German advance, the British Expeditionary Force fought its first battle and the invincible German army was brought to a standstill in Belgium. The British army started at the small Belgian city of Mons which the Germans occupied for four years until the very last day of the war, when it was retaken and where it was to see the last death. The film is the story, through the words of a few soldiers who were there, of the first month and the last day of the "war to end all wars".

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