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When Albert I ascended the throne in 1909, the Belgian neutrality was threatened by the rivalries between the major European powers.

Since 1907, Europe had been divided into two blocs: the Agreement on the one hand that was composed of France, Great Britain and Russia and on the other had was the Triple Alliance that consisted of Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy.

If war had begun,Belgium might well have been used as a place of passage or as a base of operations. So, to defend the territory of Belgium, the King, seconded by his government tried to strengthen national defense in 1913 and encouraged military service. In 1914, the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria set in motion a process that ultimately led to the hellish World War.

Wilhelm II, the Imperial German cousin of Albert I, applied the Schlieffen Plan and launched his troops on Belgian territory to circumvent the French defenses.

Tags - Belgium,Schlieffen Plan,Albert I, Archduke Franz Ferdinand

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