Before Antwerp 1914: the Battle of Dendermonde

Description

English

This postcard shows soldiers fighting in Dendermonde. The Belgian cities of Dendermonde and Leuven (Louvain) were some of the worst hit during World War One. When the German army invaded Dendermonde in 1914, about 50% of homes were destroyed.

There is often a fine line between information and propaganda. This especially applies to war postcards such as this one. Here, Belgian soldiers are portrayed as heroic, presumably to inspire national pride and to motivate those at home and on the frontline.

Full title
Before Antwerp 1914: the Battle of Dendermonde
Created
1914
Format
Postcard / Illustration
Held by
Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België (Bibliotheque Royale de Belgique)
Copyright
© Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België (Bibliotheque Royale de Belgique)

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