Hoofs clattered in the distance. A small cavalcade trotted down a dusty road. A startled douanier, standing in the door of his office stared up into the square faces of grey-coated horsemen riding past.

In remembrance of these grim events, bells tolled mournfully last week in every Belgian village. It was the 23rd anniversary of Aug. 4. 1914, the day when the first patrol of German Uhlans crossed the Belgian border at Gemmenich. Old Field Marshal Graf von Schlieffen's 19-year-old plan to crush France at a single blow by a wide sweep through...

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