Before Antwerp 1914: the Battle of Dendermonde


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.

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Before Antwerp 1914: the Battle of Dendermonde
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Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België (Bibliotheque Royale de Belgique)
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