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Liége on the Line of March An American Girl's Experiences When the Germans Came Through Belgium   By:

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Liége on the Line of March is a powerful and captivating memoir written by Glenna Lindsley Bigelow, recounting her experiences as an American girl in Belgium during World War I. Without the explicit use of the book's title, I must say that this memoir provides a unique perspective on the devastating impact of war on an innocent and unsuspecting civilian population.

Bigelow's writing style is both engaging and poignant, immediately drawing the reader into the narrative. Through her words, she skillfully paints a vivid picture of the chaos and destruction that ensued when the Germans invaded Belgium. The authenticity of her account is palpable, as she vividly describes the dread, fear, and uncertainty that gripped the everyday lives of the Belgian people.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Bigelow's memoir is her ability to convey the perseverance and resilience of the Belgian population amidst unimaginable hardships. She provides intimate details of the struggles faced by the citizens as they adapted to the occupation, the deprivation of food and resources, and the constant fear of violence. Despite these challenges, Bigelow showcases the unwavering spirit and determination of the Belgian people to survive and protect their loved ones.

Intertwined with the backdrop of war, Bigelow also weaves in personal accounts of her own experiences and interactions with various individuals she encounters along the way. Her encounters with German soldiers, Belgian resistance fighters, and fellow Americans contribute to the multifaceted narrative of her memoir, adding depth and complexity to her portrayal of wartime Belgium.

Furthermore, the book undoubtedly benefits from the author's meticulous research in reconstructing events that occurred decades prior to her writing. Her attention to historical accuracy is evident, adding credibility to the narrative and allowing readers to gain a deeper understanding of the war's impact on the Belgian people.

If there is any criticism to be made, it would be the occasional lack of contextual information regarding the larger historical events occurring during the war. While Bigelow does a commendable job of immersing the reader in the immediate reality of her experiences, readers who are less familiar with World War I may find themselves wishing for more background information to fully grasp the wider context.

Overall, Liége on the Line of March is a compelling memoir that provides an intimate account of the devastating effects of war on an ordinary civilian population. Bigelow's vivid descriptions and unwavering determination to tell the truth make this book a valuable addition to the World War I literature. It serves as a reminder of the resilience and strength of the human spirit, even in the darkest of times.

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[Illustration: GLENNA L. BIGELOW]


An American Girl's Experiences When the Germans Came Through Belgium



New York: John Lane Company London: John Lane, The Bodley Head MCMXVIII

Copyright, 1918, by John Lane Company


Multitudes upon multitudes they throng And thicken: who shall number their array? They bid the peoples tremble and obey: Their faces are set forward, all for wrong. They trample on the covenant and are strong And terrible. Who shall dare to say them nay? How shall a little nation bar the way Where that resistless host is borne along?

You never thought, O! gallant King, to bow To overmastering force and stand aside. Safe and secure you might have reigned. But now Your Belgium is transfigured, glorified, The friend of France and England, who avow An Equal here, and thank the men who died.

H. M. London Times, August 14, 1914.


Liége on the Line of March, or An American Girl's Experience When the Germans Came Through Belgium, is a unique story. No other American probably was in the exact position of Miss Bigelow who was at the Château d'Angleur, Liége, Belgium, with the family of Monsieur X... Continue reading book >>

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