1914 : Going to war

First Wounded

A Belgian soldier is transported on a stretcher toward a Brussels hospital on 15 August 1914. For a week, wounded soldiers had been flocking to the capital. Since 5 August, while the battles were raging around the forts of Liège, all the wounded who could be evacuated were transferred towards Leuven and Brussels. The idea was to relieve overcrowded local hospitals, but also to protect the men from captivity, since the Germans were about to enter Liège. These first wounded arrived by ambulance train to the capital. Their case-management proved chaotic.