Belgium's Dilemma: The Formation of the Belgian Defense by Jonathan A Epstein

By Jonathan A Epstein

In Belgium’s challenge: The Formation of Belgian safety coverage, 1932-1940, Jonathan Andrew Epstein provides, for the 1st time in English, a close exam of the formation of Belgian protection coverage within the 8 years prime as much as the the most important international warfare II Blitzkrieg crusade in Western Europe. Belgium’s choice to give up army ties with France in 1936 has been largely criticized as a deadly mistake however it used to be in reality an inexpensive reaction to Belgium’s state of affairs and used to be now not a major factor within the Allied defeat.
Drawing on Belgian records, Jonathan Andrew Epstein appears to be like on the leaders and matters that formed the Belgian military of 1940 and demonstrates that whereas error have been made, many of the judgements have been sound.

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The Belgians and Germans were separated 24 25 26 27 Haag, 1: 254; Pawly and Lierneux, pp. 13-14; de Schaepdrijver, pp. 95-97; Haag, 1: 259-264, 268-272; de Schaepdrijver, p. 98; Haag, 1: 279. Haag, 2: 847, 867-896. Pawly and Lierneux, pp. 15-16, de Schaepdrijver, pp. 98-99; Haag, 1: 278-279; Pawly and Lierneux, pp. 14-19. Pawly and Lierneux, p. 19; de Schaepdrijver, p. 101. 24 Chapter 1 by the water, with some additional flooding in March 1918. 28 The Belgian army was reorganized in January 1918, abolishing the brigade headquarters within the divisions, with ‘army divisions’ constituted by two infantry divisions.

Other anti-annexationists feared antagonizing Belgium’s neighbors or making their nation dependent on a great power. They also wanted to preserve Belgian neutrality. It was the annexationists who held sway since 1916 and dominated the peace delegation. 55 In any case, the Belgians argued that Germany’s invasion in 1914 had destroyed the system of Western European “equilibrium” established in 1839 to keep the peace and shown how pointless the system was. It was therefore reasonable to end it and properly provide geographically for Belgium’s defense.

206; Keyes, p. 49. 34 Chapter 1 to defend it. 52 Before Paul Hymans submitted Belgium’s territorial demands to the Powers in Paris, the Belgian General Staff had presented a memorandum about a new border. The General Staff saw two alternatives, the ‘green line’ and the ‘black line’ (so named for the colors drawn on the maps), both based on the idea that Belgium would succeed in getting Limburg and Luxembourg. The military desired the ‘black line,’ which called not only for the acquisition of most of Eupen and Malmédy, the cantons lost in 1815, but also for changes in the German-Dutch and German-Luxembourg borders.

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