Before Antwerp 1914: the Battle of Dendermonde

Postcard/Illustration

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.

Dutch

Prentkaart van vechtende soldaten in Dendermonde.

Samen met Leuven kreeg Dendermonde het tijdens WO1 het zwaarst te verduren. Toen het Duitse leger Dendermonde binnenviel in 1914, werd ongeveer 50% van de huizen vernield.

De scheidslijn tussen mensen informeren en propaganda is zeer dun. Dit is zeker waar voor oorlogsprentkaarten (hier: heldhaftige Belgische soldaten).

French

Carte postale de soldats au combat à Termonde. 

Au même titre que Louvain, Termonde fut une des villes les plus lourdement touchées par la Grande Guerre. Lorsque l’armée allemande envahit Termonde en 1914, près de la moitié des maisons furent détruites. 

La distinction entre information et propagande est très mince. C’est indubitablement le cas des cartes postales de guerre (ici: soldats belges héroïques).

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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