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German forces cross the border into Belgium, violating the country's neutrality

Map of the military situation in Flanders on November 10, 1914, the eve of the second major German assault on the Ypres salient. After bearing the brunt of the German assault in the latter half of October, the Belgians had inundated the farmland before them, leading the Germans to turn their efforts on the British at Ypres. After the first great German assault on October 31, the French reinforced the British line. On November 11, the Allies were unaware of how extensive the forces facing them were. Map  by Major A. F. Becke R.A. (Retired) from Military Operations France and Belgium, 1914, Vol. II, October and November, by J. E. Edmonds.
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Situation 10th November, 1914.
German Troops . . . Green
French Troops . . . Blue
Belgian Troops . . . Brown
British Troops . . . Red
Allied Line on 20th October [heavy dotted line]
The German Fourth and Sixth Armies faced the Belgian, French, and British line. The southern end of the British line was held by the Indian Corps

Map of the military situation in Flanders on November 10, 1914, the eve of the second major German assault on the Ypres salient. After bearing the brunt of the German assault in the latter half of October, the Belgians had inundated the farmland before them, leading the Germans to turn their efforts on the British at Ypres. After the first great German assault on October 31, the French reinforced the British line. On November 11, the Allies were unaware of how extensive the forces facing them were. Map by Major A. F. Becke R.A. (Retired) from Military Operations France and Belgium, 1914, Vol. II, October and November, by J. E. Edmonds.

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Situation 10th November, 1914.

German Troops . . . Green

French Troops . . . Blue

Belgian Troops . . . Brown

British Troops . . . Red

Allied Line on 20th October [heavy dotted line]

The German Fourth and Sixth Armies faced the Belgian, French, and British line. The southern end of the British line was held by the Indian Corps

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A special force had been trained for years to seize Liège while Germany mobilized. On August 3 cavalry violated the Belgian border. On August 4 the army followed. [West Point map #4]

1914-08-03

1914-08-04

German forces cross the border into Belgium, violating the country's neutrality is part of Germany Conquers Neutral Belgium.