From our 'War Picture of the Week' Archive
Summer on the Beach, 1914
Belgian refugees living in wooden beach houses in Oostende, on the North Sea coast.
When the Great War broke out, in the summer of 1914, more than a million Belgians left their homes and fled
Many sought safety in neighbouring neutral Holland.Others stayed in Belgium and tried to get as far from the invading German armies as possible. In the west they were stopped by the sea. Oostende was a famous holiday resort for the rich.
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