World Battlefronts: RETREAT IN BELGIUM

In a Belgian headquarters town U.S. war correspondents, conditioned by months of advance and victory, got the shocking word that the enemy had broken through, that they would have to leave on the run. Somewhere on the run, LIFE correspondent Jack Belden cabled this account of the muddle and mess of retreat:

There were no regular combat units in the town at that moment, only some army engineers, medics and ack-ack officers and men who had come to try and find out what had happened to their cut-off units. In the upper-story windows of...

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