World War II, May 1940: German Invasion; December 1944: Battle of the Bulge

Despite being neutral at the start of World War II, Belgium found themselves at war after the country was invaded by German forces on 10 May 1940.

The German tanks swept through the Ardennes, outflanked the French beyond the River Meuse. Occupation would last until the Battle of the Bulge in 1944, when American led troops succeeded to free the country.

Reminders of the fierce fighting are dotted across Eastern Wallonia.