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Netherlands

Neutral Netherlands commiserates with its invaded, war-battered neighbor Belgium. One of a series of 1916 postcards on neutral nations by Em. Dupuis.

Text:
Pauvre petite Voisine va!. . .
Poor little Neighbour.
Hollande
Em. Dupuis, 1916
Signed: Em. Dupuis 1916
Reverse:
Visé Paris. No. 109
Logo: Paris Color 152 Quai de Jemmapes

Neutral Netherlands commiserates with its invaded, war-battered neighbor Belgium. One of a series of 1916 postcards on neutral nations by Em. Dupuis.

Image text

Pauvre petite Voisine va!. . .



Poor little Neighbour.



Hollande



Em. Dupuis, 1916

Signed: Em. Dupuis 1916



Reverse:

Visé Paris. No. 109

Logo: Paris Color 152 Quai de Jemmapes

Other views: Larger

Netherlands, or Holland, was neutral during World War I. Although the Schlieffen Plan, Germany's war plan for invading France not along the eastern border it shared with Germany, but along its northern border with Belgium and Luxembourg, called for invading and crossing Belgium, Luxembourg, and Netherlands, Helmuth von Moltke, Schlieffen's successor as German Chief of the General Staff, modified the Plan to avoid Netherlands, in hopes of having a neutral trading partner with ports on the North Sea and access to global trade. (Britain's blockade would minimize the value of the Dutch ports.)

As a neutral nation, Netherlands was obligated to impound military personnel and assets of combatant nations. Among those it interned were British marines and soldiers who had crossed, mistakenly or otherwise, into the country after the retreat from Antwerp in October 1914.

Netherlands is a country in Europe.

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Statistics for Netherlands (1)

Type Statistic
Population 5,980,000

People from Netherlands (1)

Last Name First Name Full Name Role
Fokker Anton Anton Fokker