This medal is a satirical reference to the German army, which fought the battle of Liège at the beginning of the war, 5-16 August 1914. A Belgian soldier is trampling on a crowned eagle – symbolising the German Empire – and is hitting a pig with a German helmet. The cannon in the background refers to numerous attacks on the citadels around Liège in August 1914.
- Full title:
- Liège 1914
- Held by:
- Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België (Bibliotheque Royale de Belgique)
- © Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België (Bibliotheque Royale de Belgique)
- Article by:
- Sophie de Schaepdrijver
- Historical debates, Civilians
Associate Professor Sophie de Schaepdrijver considers how the ‘German atrocities’ have been represented during and after World War One by both the Allied countries and Germany.