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The status of Belgium during the First World War was a special one. Not only as a small, neutral country that had been drawn into the war against its will, but also as an occupied country that only knew the difference between frontline and occupied territories, Belgium did not experience the war in the same way as the other warring nations. The memory of the war that developed after 1918 was accordingly a different one. An additional psychological burden resulted from the fact that Belgiu…

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van Ypersele, Laurence, “Belgium”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 21 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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