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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.

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.

Cloth Hall and Grote Markt Ypres

The Reconstruction of Ypres

Ypres was totally destroyed in the First World War yet took only 10 years to rebuild. Here’s the story of the Reconstruction of Ypres.

Sonian Forest Memorial to Foresters First World War

Is this the Belgian Stonehenge?

I pay a visit to a mysterious megalithic stone circle deep in La Forêt de Soignes just outside Brussels.