Why did a small number of Flaminganten collaborated with the Germans during the First World War?

The question was about the First World War 1914 – 18.

After the departure of the administration of King Willem 1 in 1830, the Belgian citizenry made every effort to remove the Dutch/Flemish from public life.When Napoleon III threatened to annex Belgium in the ‘ 60 of the nineteenth century, a few linguistic rights were returned to the Flemings, because one wanted to show that Belgium was not a small France. In 1914 the German occupation came. Initially, the Flemish small citizenry was degauged by the action of the German Army. But when the occupation continued to last and the German government imported the Dutch back, many went tack. One collaborated on the Brode or for the Flemish affair. Germany also continued to demand the annexation of Belgium internationally. Only in October 1918 this idea was given up by Berlin. It is to be noticed that the “colloborateurs” were not severely punished by the Belgian government at all. After the liberation, the general voting rights were introduced, which allowed the Dutch to be present in Parliament. After the war, two Flemish regionalist parties-one from the front soldiers-emerged from the colloboration movement, which soon went together in the VNV.

Hoping, perhaps, to be freed from the French-speaking yoke, the oppression of the Flemish, the French-speaking officers who were not understood by Flemings and the general contempt of the francophones of the Flemings?

The next answer is about WW2 because I, mea culpa, misread the question.For WO1 please just take (A) and (D).

As people who follow my answers in English know: My answers are fairly ‘ to the point ‘ and short.

There were 4 real types of collaborators at the Flemings, where 3 of those types are also found in Walloons and other nationalities.

A.There were the Flemings who wanted to fight for a ‘ free ‘ Flanders, free of the French-speaking minority oppression. This is the only real group of collaborators that is unique to Flanders.

B.The group, especially Catholics, who, by the Roman Catholic Church, with Cardinal Roey at the head, called for the fight against ‘ wicked Communism ‘. Unfortunately, the eventual punishment of the survivors of the Russian campaign was harder than Van Roey who was not punished for his collaboration.

C.The real fascists and anti-Semifood, who just before the war already pursued fascist ideals.

D.The profiteering. Those who simply wanted to save currency from the economic situation.

It’s very simple, collaborating, maybe not quite, not for me.Do not judge. Remember, it was the time that the Belgian King Albert told the soldiers in the trenches at the Yzer, Walloons, memorials.. And Flemings, remember the golden Spurs, but he did so exclusively in French, because then until, almost the Second World War, Flanders was a piece of Belgium, but a piece where every public administration in French happened, where in the municipality administrations French The language of the feed. Then the war comes, with the Germans, who did not understand why the Flemings in their country had to speak another language, French; With the First World War, by the German, Flemish was interested in the German institutions, and also the University of Ghent, who, after the war, was refringed by the “Belgians”. The Germans had no respect for the Flemish language, the Belgian government. I just wonder if there would be no more flemings at that time wanting to “collaborate”? I would have done it though. It lasted until after the second German (from 1939) raid until one actually recovered the Flemish language in honour. Without the Germans and the collaborators we would certainly have spoken French here in Flanders.

Don’t think I suck this out of my thumb, I’m also a bookworm, and have enough written historical documentation on what I’m telling, both in Flemish and in French (Belgian). Also have documentation that is written about the facts by historians in other countries OA (France) Who needs more information can also obtain in Diksmuide (Belgium) at the IJzertoren.

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