By Ed Klekowski,Libby Klekowski

Belgium within the First international War—the first kingdom invaded, the longest occupied, and while the struggle eventually ended, the 1st forgotten. In 1914, Belgium used to be domestic to a wide American colony which integrated representatives of yankee businesses, artists, writers and diplomats with the yank Legation. After the invasion, American newshounds and adventurers flocked there to stick with the motion; army regulations on trip have been much less stringent than in England or France.
because the such a lot industrialized kingdom in Europe, Belgium depended upon alternate and foodstuff imports to help its economic system. The warfare remoted Belgium and wholesale hunger used to be approaching through the autumn of 1914. Herbert Hoover and his fee for aid in Belgium raised money to buy and import nutrition to maintain Belgium and, ultimately, Occupied France besides. Idealistic American volunteers (including a few Rhodes students) supervised nutrients distribution within the career region. alongside the Western entrance in Belgium, 1000s of usa citizens served (illegally) within the British and Canadian armies. This booklet tells the tale of the German invasion, profession and retreat from the viewpoint of usa citizens who have been there.

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