Presentation on theme: "Photographed while living in Belgium 1999 by M. Couturier"— Presentation transcript:
1Photographed while living in Belgium 1999 by M. Couturier The Battle for Dinant 1914Photographed while living in Belgium 1999by M. Couturier
2The Battle for DinantDinant is a modest Belgian city along the strategic Meuse River, between Liège and Mons. It is also located close to both the German and French borders. Capturing and holding this city had significant strategic advantages.
4The Battle for DinantIronically, the city had been protected for centuries by a citadel built by the Holy Roman Empire, also known as the First German Reich. The aim was to not only to capture the city, but to capture the citadel and control the area.
8The Battle for DinantDespite Belgium declaring its neutrality, both German and French soldiers entered the country and in August of 1914, they would meet here (in Belgium) for the first time. The French arrived first, down this road. They sent a small contingent to inspect the citadel above.
11The Battle for DinantThe French contingent found the citadel abandoned by the Belgians who had fought long and hard in the defence of Liège. The French therefore prepared to defend the citadel and the valley below.
13The Battle for DinantThe French believed that the Germans would arrive along the lower valley along the road from Liège. To their surprise, an entire battalion of Germans arrived from the upper cliffs to the right.