12 Aug 1914
First Field Battle in Belgium
The first field battle of the war in Belgium took place northwest of Liege, on August 12, when a force of 5000 German cavalry, supported by artillery and infantry, attacked the twin villages of Haelen and Diest, with the intent to seize the bridges across the River Gethe.
Here the Huns met with their first serious repulse. From behind improvised barricades, the Belgians decimated the German lines with a terr...