Excerpt from The War of 1914: Military Operations of Belgium in Defence of the Country, and to Uphold Her Neutrality
The first military measure adopted by Belgium in consequence of the diplomatic conflict which divided Europe in July 1914, was the placing of her army on a reinforced peace footing, by calling up three classes of the men liable to military service.
This was merely a measure of precaution. Owing to the neutrality of Belgium, the dispositions which she might be called on to adopt were essentially protective, and only intended to meet possible eventualities.
The Belgian army, on its ordinary peace footing, consisted of only one class with the colours. Such a force was obviously inadequate at a moment of international political tension. Belgium, owing to its small area, is in reality nothing more, in a military sense, than a frontier zone, and the covering troops which the neighbouring great powers had assembled in their frontier zones had a considerably higher peace strength. The raising of the Belgian Army Divisions to the reinforced peace strength only placed her on an equality, in this respect, with her neighbours.
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