The Belgian Army in World War I
Osprey Men-at-arms 452
Written by Ronald Pawly and Pierre Lierneux
Illustrated by Patrice Courcelle
Osprey Publishing 2009, 48 pages
The Belgian Army in World War I at Osprey...
When this book rolled into the office with a bunch of other Osprey new releases last month there was initially little interest from the rest of the team. The general drift of most comments were, “the Belgians, World War One, didn’t they just get steamrolled?”
But as a bit of a WWI buff myself I took up the challenge and took it home for a read. It, in fact, reads very well. The first half of the book is a well-constructed concise overview of the Belgian Army’s part in the campaigns of the western front. It covers their courageous fight against the German invasion and how this brought time for British and French forces to arrive in the region. It then goes onto their part in holding the line from 1915 to 1917 until the final grand offensives in 1918.