Liège
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Liège

Industrial and commercial center in eastern Belgium (Wallonia), with more than 150,000 inhabitants at the time of the First World War. With its twelve forts, the city was the scene of the first major engagement of the war.

The capture of Fortress Liège was highly important to the advance of the German First and Second Armies. The German plan was for a surprise attack led by General Emmich. However, Emmich underestimated the size of the fortress garrison and the Germans found themselves opposed by 30,000 men instead of the expec…

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Gerhards, Thomas, “Liège”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 20 October 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0359>
First published online: 2015



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