While small in numbers, the Belgian Army played a vital role in World War I 1939 1945 that is often overlooked Germany s invasion of neutral Belgium, which led Britain to declare war in August 1914, should have been swift and fierce yet the unexpected heroic defense, against great odds, of Belgian fortresses, frustrated the German Schlieffen Plan for a thrust to Paris and a lightning victory The plucky Belgian resistance proved successful in buying time for French and British troops to mobilize and report to the front, where the Belgians would then go on to fight, stubbornly defending the northern end of the Allied trench line for the rest of the war Discover the story of this determined Army, from their organization and commanders, to their uniforms and equipment The only main combatant army of World War I not previously covered by Osprey, this volume will be an important addition to any enthusiast s collection, accompanied by detailed artwork and archive photographs....
|Title||:||The Belgian Army in World War I (Men-at-Arms)|
|Publisher||:||Osprey Publishing 1st edition June 23, 2009|
|Number of Pages||:||48 pages|
|File Size||:||572 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
The Belgian Army in World War I (Men-at-Arms) Reviews
Interesting booklet. It gives people some understanding about a little known but amazing group of fighting men during the first World War !The Belgian army during World War I was tremendously outgunned and outmanned, yet put up a magnificent resistance to the invading German armies who blatantly and cruely violated Belgium’s neutrality. This small but brave Belgian military inflicted untold casualties on the Germans as they tried to crush the spirit of Belgium. In the end, the Belgians held on to a section of Belgium while the Germans tried everything including gas to defeat them, but the Germans and their allies were never able to conquer them.
This is a great place to begin your research into the Belgian Army, its uniforms and organization. Although the book doesn't go into much detail, it skims the surface of the army's makeup during the First World War. I don't know if it is because I bought the Kindle editon, but the description of the color plates of the uniforms don't actually appear until the end of the book, which also contain more black and white photos and other references.
I've been buying Osprey books for some time being a wargamer I need painting examples and force structure ideas, osprey has always been a good resource for this and this book continues to keep that tradition going I highly recommend this book if you have a interest in WWI.
One would expect the curator of the Belgian Army Museum to be able to come up with some decent photos of Belgian soldiers and equipment. Alas, so did Osprey when they hired him to write this book. But surprise, he took the very lazy way out and used very common, often published views. As a result, the Belgian Army of 1914-1918, still hasn't received the coverage it deserves.
This is not a very good Osprey book - it is readable in some parts, but nothing more. The valiant fight of Belgian Army between 1914 and 1918 deserves to be more known than it is and I was very happy that Osprey made a book on this topic - but it was not well done.