The Battle of Dinant in Belgium on August 15 through 24, 1914, is described in the historical romance suspense novel “Guns at the Abyss,” and is notable for several reasons. The battle was fought during the first days of the war when mobility was still being maintained by combatants. The armies sought to outflank each other in an unsuccessful German Army sickle-cut movement which attempted to wheel around Paris and toward the English Channel, seeking to cut the French and British in two.
The exhaustion of the Germans and a resulting gap between their forces the French and English exploited with a counterattack which led to the “Miracle of the Marne.” The armies then dug themselves into trench-works and fixed positions in which thousands of men would die for a gain of perhaps 100 yards of territory—for four long years.
Another sad chapter of Dinant is that it marked one of the first times innocent civilians were murdered in mass—in cold blood by German troops who suspected them wrongly of enemy sniping. This signified a new ruthless mindset, targeting innocent people; that would eventually lead to the indiscriminant bombing of civilians and the Holocaust of World War II—–right down to the terrorism of our own day by ISIS and other extremist groupings.
Warfare had gone from a rather gentlemanly tragedy conducted by professional armies (leaving civilians out) in the pre-Napoleonic Period of the 1500’s, to the cowardice and shame of what we see in the Middle East and other regions of the globe today.
It largely all started in the tiny Belgian village of Dinant.
You may access the novel “Guns at the Abyss” at https://www.web-e-books.com/abyss/editors-notes.html.