A neutral country, Belgium had not expected to be invaded in 1939.
Despite the lack of warning, the Belgian army succeeded in holding out against Hitler’s much larger army for 18 days.
Even after that guerrilla warfare continued, many fled to the UK to continue the fight leading to the creation of 2 Belgian RAF Squadrons while its Colonial Army defeated the Italians in East Africa. Belgian soldiers fought with the Allies throughout the recapture of Europe.
The Belgian resistance was very strong, protecting as many Jews as possible creating escape routes, and undertaking many acts of sabotage. There were those too who supported the Germans, and fought with them.
Yet surprisingly the story of Belgium in the Second World War is little known outside its borders. This book seeks to remedy that. It makes fascinating reading particularly since Veranneman has set out to be as objective as possible, trying to show as many different viewpoints as he can.
Well written, and extremely readable, it brings alive a period in history when people faced incredible challenges and choices.
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