Antwerp, Belgium, a few hours after the Germans surrendered and an end of World War I. 11th November 1918

Sanna Dullaway

Nynäshamn, Sweden

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With young children hoisted on their parents’ shoulders to get a better view of the spectacle, people are happy and some of them visibly touched as the occupation finally ends.

Germany invaded neutral Belgium and Luxembourg in 1914 in hopes to surprise the French armies, breaking the Treaty of London (1839), which had been signed by Prussia. The German Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg dismissed the treaty of 1839 calling it a “scrap of paper”.

Belgium were to suffer several atrocities during the ensuing occupation of the German army, for instance the Wire of Death was put up and electrocuted between 2000 and 3000 people.

Finally, the allied advance named the Hundred Days Offensive starting 8 August 1918 would lead to the end of the war.

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