August 5, 1914 - As the German Army swept through Belgium on it's way to France, the German 2nd Army, commanded by Field Marshal Karl von Bulow, was charged with taking the heavily fortified city of Liège, thus beginning the first major battle of World War One. The Germans were confident of a swift and easy victory with little Belgian resistance. They were very wrong. The attack on the city began on the 5th of August 1914 and did not end until August 16th. The heroic Belgian defense of Liège significantly delayed the German invasion of France.
(Image: Belgian troops defending Herstal, north-east of Liège, August, 1914)