Full Belgian Mobilization

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OldBill
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Full Belgian Mobilization

Post by OldBill » 23 May 2020 20:14

I should know this, but can't recall. Were the Belgians fully mobilized when the Germans invaded?

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Prosper Vandenbroucke
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Re: Full Belgian Mobilization

Post by Prosper Vandenbroucke » 23 May 2020 22:39

Yes the Belgian Army was mobilized enterely (+/- 600.000 soldiers) but many of them had receive a permission to go home or elsewhere and they where not at their posts.
Many of them were peasants who were released of military duties because they where at work in their farms. Others were on military duty but were working on several other duties by order and were not on their posts
Sorry for my poor english, but's not my native language.
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Re: Full Belgian Mobilization

Post by Carl Schwamberger » 28 May 2020 02:45

Prosper Vandenbroucke wrote:
23 May 2020 22:39
... Others were on military duty but were working on several other duties by order and were not on their posts. ...
I recall a description of the battle at the Fortress Eban Emal where it was stated the bulk of the fortress garrison were in a barracks a kilometer or two distant when the German glider assault arrived.

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Re: Full Belgian Mobilization

Post by Prosper Vandenbroucke » 28 May 2020 10:35

Carl Schwamberger wrote:
28 May 2020 02:45
Prosper Vandenbroucke wrote:
23 May 2020 22:39
... Others were on military duty but were working on several other duties by order and were not on their posts. ...
I recall a description of the battle at the Fortress Eban Emal where it was stated the bulk of the fortress garrison were in a barracks a kilometer or two distant when the German glider assault arrived.
Yes you'r right, Eben Emael is a good example.

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