King Albert I of Belgium commanding his army


This is a postcard depicting King Albert I in the battlefield, giving orders.

It is especially interesting to see how this postcard differs from the ‘real’ image on postcard S IV 7942 (La Guerre Européenne. Défense de Liége, 1914, a photograph). Although dating from the same period, this one looks like it’s from a different age.

There is often a fine line between information and propaganda. This especially applies for war postcards such as this one.

Full title:
King Albert in charge of his army
Postcard / Illustration
Held by:
Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België (Bibliotheque Royale de Belgique)
© Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België (Bibliotheque Royale de Belgique)

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