Belgian gunners outside Antwerp scramble furiously to fend off the encroaching German juggernaut. German hopes of quickly passing through Belgium were dashed as the Belgians dug in their heels and fought with tremendous zeal. Below: A charge against Belgian positions by German Uhlan cavalrymen armed with lances. Early fighting in the war saw an odd mix of antique tactics and modern innovations--including machine-guns which proved devastating to infantry units advancing in close ranks--the traditional manner.
| Below: A German field gun supports advancing cavalry and infantry. Despite Belgian efforts, Antwerp fell to the Germans on October 10, 1914. News of its capture spurred British recruiting efforts because of the danger to the English Channel from German possession of this vital port.
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