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History

Belgium’s rich and complex history is intricately woven into the fabric of Europe. From its medieval origins as a trading hub to its role in major conflicts like World War I and II, Belgium has witnessed the rise and fall of empires, the formation of independent states, and the development of a distinctive cultural identity. Historical landmarks, such as medieval castles and World War I memorials, dot the landscape, offering glimpses into the nation’s past. Here are numerous stories describing various aspects of Belgium’s history.

Battle of Achouffe over the Bridge

The Battle of Achouffe, 13-15 January 1945

Achouffe is a small village in the municipality of Houffalize. In January 1945 it gained a position of great strategic significance during the Battle of Achouffe.

From Mechelen to Auschwitz

From Mechelen to Auschwitz

On August 4, 1942, a train left Mechelen carrying nearly a thousand Jewish men, women and children. Its destination was Auschwitz.

Augusta Chiwy

Augusta Chiwy: World War Two Nurse

The uplifting story of Augusta Chiwy, a nurse who displayed great courage in Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.

Wereth massacre

Remembering the Wereth Massacre

During the Wereth Massacre on December 17, 1944, 11 captured black US soldiers were shot by German SS troops.