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Louvain Bombed

Discussion in 'History of Holland and Belgium during World War I' started by Jim, Oct 8, 2006.

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    Louvain, which suffered so cruelly during the Great War, was the object of fierce Nazi attacks at the end of the second week in May. It was held by the B.E.F, and above is a British anti-tank gun in a sandbag emplacement in front of one of the houses that had been bombed by the enemy. The troops fought with the greatest bravery and, as General Ironside said of the men of Namsos, they were not driven out but ordered out.


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    also the university-library, which was completely burnt down in WWI, was again completely destroyed. Some very rare and unique pieces were burnt.
     
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    Funny that Junkie, as i thought that when War was declared many countries had their valuables shipped out to a neutral country or had them moved to a safe place at the least. :confused:

    Its always sad when such things that are irreplaceable get lost for ever..
     
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    they didnt have the time, Belgium was conquered in 18 days,
    when the Germans landed, nobody thought of that big new library..... everything was lost again.

    The new library existed for 40 percent of gifts by other universities or persons, amoung those gift was a very special papyrusscript or something, all lost.
     
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    If it was going to be lost i guess it was better this way than being in Herman Goering's cellar. :rolleyes:
     

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