Germaine Soltau in Brussels - 20 August, 1914

from Forgotten Voices of the Great War, pages 26-27:

I was in Brussels, and at an age when all events seem to leave a permanent impression on you. Of course we were not expecting the Germans to invade Belgium, we were hoping they would respect our neutrality, so the invasion came as a very great shock to us all… Then on Thursday the 20th of August, a date I will never forget, the Germans entered Brussels. It was a glorious day of sunshine but in my mind I still keep a vision of grey, these grey-clad hordes marching in the streets. It was a sinister, greenish grey, even their helmets were covered in grey. They had with them all their …   more >>
cite as

Max Arthur (ed.), Forgotten Voices of the Great War (London, 2002), p. 26-27. accessed: 12 July, 2024

location of experience: Brussels


Germaine Soltau

Experience Information

Date/Time 20 August, 1914
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors, in public

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:55:23 +0100