The university library of Louvain has recently finished the digitalization of the Belgian newspaper “De Legerbode”. The issues 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917 and 1918 are now available in full text via Limo and the Abraham journal database.
This military newspaper, published by the Ministry of Defence appeared about three times a week. Throughout the war, it played an important role in information and propaganda and was first and foremost meant for the soldiers. Each company, squadron or battery received ten French and ten Dutch copies.
It is a rich source of information regarding the history of the First World War in Belgium. The digitalization of this collection links up perfectly with the growing attention for the Great War in Europe and the numerous initiatives in the making for its centennial (1914-2014).