August 1914

The bells of Antwerp

The invasion of Belgium showed to the world the destructive power of destructive weapon. But it was a propaganda war mostly, involving the informations apparatus of the two coalitions. The fire of the ancient library of Leuven aroused particular reprobation. The news of the fall of Antwerp, appeared on the Kölnische Zeitung, was misunderstood to the point that among the countries of the Entente spread the legend that some members of the belgian clergy had been hung by the Germans to the bells and used as clappers.