Antwerp
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Antwerp

Belgian city and fortress. In the aftermath of the fall of Liège in mid-August of 1914 and the fighting on the River Gete, the Belgian king Albert I rejected the proposal of a joint Belgian and French withdrawal to Namur, choosing instead to retreat with his field army (80,000 men) to Antwerp. The fortified city with its 70,000 fortress garrison troops was regarded as the “national redoubt” (réduit national), the stronghold – and refuge – of the nation. The king and his army were determined to defend themselves and to hold out there, awaiting the arrival …

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van Ypersele, Laurence, “Antwerp”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 25 April 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0017>
First published online: 2015



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