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Q. Why was the ' Battle of Flanders' of World War 1 also called the 'Massacre of Innocents' by the Germans?

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Asked by joyoti sen, 18 Apr '08 09:48 am
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In the Battle of Flanders, many were young volunteers. Eight German units consisted of students and other youth around 12-16 years of age, full of enthusiasm, fighting for their country. They were inexperienced and suffered heavy casualties when they made a failed attack on British army positions near Langemark. They met up with experienced French infantry and British riflemen. Thousands of german youth were put to death in this battle. It is called the Massacre of the Innocents because young, innocent youth were killed. It is compared to the time when Jesus was born. When the three wise men visited King Herod to find out if he knew of the location where He that would be king of the Jews was, Herod knew his throne was in jeopardy. To prevent his throne from going to the newborn king of the Jews, he ordered the execution of all male children of 2 years and below in Bethlehem. So, here too, there was a massacre of innocents. ( Jesus escaped death because his parents had ...more
Answered by nargis bhambi, 18 Apr '08 01:29 pm

 
  
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It is said that the young Germans who were students were inlvoved in the war near Belgium. Britishers soilders were well experinced in handling the war.. while there huge casualties in Germans. due to killing of students Germans called Massacre of Innocents. Any way this is what i remember ... while i need to check my history books once again.
Answered by MS Prasad, 18 Apr '08 12:18 pm

 
  
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The last major battle/series of battles of the Great War in 1914. The Germans called it the Massacre of Innocents because the German units consisted of young volunteers, mainly students who were no match for the experienced British forces who had already fought in the Boer War.
Answered by Janis, 18 Apr '08 01:27 pm

 
  
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I think you are asking this question second time
I tried to get something from net
From Daniele Ganser's description of the final attack, November 9, on the Delhaize supermarket in Aalst:

A prominent day in the Christmas season, November 9 is St Martin's day in Belgium, the local Santa Claus, and children on the night before leave carrots in front of the house for the horse of St Martin and go to bed with wishes for wonderful Christmas presents. The next morning, a busy Saturday, people hurried to the Delhaize supermarket to make their last minute purchases. What happened thereafter was reconstructed from the testimony of witnesses. A Volkswagon GTI was parked outside the supermarket and three armed men with hoods over their heads came out of the car. The tallest of the three produced a pump-action shotgun, opened fire at point blank range and finished off in cold blood two shoppers instantly. Upon reaching the checkout counter he began to fire randomly at anything that moved. ...more
Answered by ankit shivam, 18 Apr '08 09:54 am

 
  
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