This Day in History – August 4th, 1914

Remember BelgiumOne hundred years ago the First World War was erupting across Europe. August 1st, 1914, Germany declared war on Russia, and then two days later declared war on France, but it was August 4th, 1914 when Germany invaded Belgium in order to send its armies to France that prompted Britain to declare war on Germany.

In the late summer of 1914, the prospect of war was met with much romanticism and propaganda in Britain as young men rushed to join the British forces. At this time the British public was still enamored by Victorian notions of valor and chivalry; this was perceived as a golden opportunity for a new generation to prove themselves on the field of battle . . . little did anyone know that the fields would be desolate trenches of mud.

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