King Albert’s ‘Birthday Book’, John Wade

Vol 44 no 2, May 2022
Article from Vol 44 no 2, May 2022

King Albert’s ‘Birthday Book’, John Wade


After Albert I King of the Belgians refused safe passage to Kaiser Wilhelm’s troops to attack France, Germany invaded neutral Belgium on 4 August 1914. Britain, bound by an 1839 treaty to support Belgium’s neutrality, declared war on Germany the same day. Australian Prime Minister Joseph Cook offered his government’s support to the British Empire.

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