Excerpt from The Truth About German Atrocities: Founded on the Report of the Committee on Alleged German Outrages; 1915
The Belgian King and Government were aware of'the danger which would confront the civilian population of the country if it were tempted to take part in the ... work of national defence. Orders were accordingly issued by the civil governors of provinces, and by the burgomasters of towns, that the civilian inhabitants were to take no part in hostilities, and to offer no provocation to the invaders. That no excuse might be furnished for severities, the populations of many important towns were instructed to surrender all firearms into the hands of the local officials.
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