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1915::WW1: Christmas Morning in War-Torn Belgium

Updated: Feb 5

A Christmas cartoon in the midst of the Great War.

1915::WW1: Christmas Morning in War-Torn Belgium

"1915::WW1: Christmas Morning in War-Torn Belgium"

Cartoonist: Ross Carpenter (1876 - 1957)

Clip: Victoria Daily Times (1915)

Victoria, British Columbia

In June 1914, the assassination of Austria's Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife heightened international tensions and triggered an outbreak of war. Within weeks, Austria-Hungary had declared war on Serbia. Germany, Serbia's ally, declared war on Russia (Serbia's ally) and France (Russia's ally). Germany's plan was to attack France before Russia had time to muster in support of Serbia. Getting to France, however, required passing through Luxembourg and Belgium, both neutral countries that refused passage to German troops. In response, Germany invaded and occupied both countries.


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