By Paul Ham
In August 1914 the majority of the German military - a few 800,000 troops - defied Belgian neutrality and smashed around the border. Their orders have been to invade France, destroying any Belgian resistance of their course. The German commanders have been to accomplish this inside of 6 weeks. What used to be the rape and bloodbath of 1000's of Belgian civilians. rankings of villages have been burned. the gorgeous library at Louvain used to be left in ashes. Such crimes weren't arbitrary acts of drunken violence. They have been deliberate and authorized less than the German army code. during this extract from his e-book 1914: The yr the area Ended, historian Paul Ham indicates how the invasion of of Belgium set a brutal precedent for the Nazi profession of Europe, 25 years later
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