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THIS DAY IN WWI: APR 1, 1916 - Execution of Belgian Resistance Leader Gabrielle Petit

Gabrielle Petit was a Belgian who spied for British allies and executed by the Germans. She reportedly refused to wear a blindfold before the firing squad and said, “Vive, la Belgique!” moments before her execution.

Liège, Belgium

Liege - Belgium - statue of G. Simenon - the most translated author in the world - "father" of "Maigret"

Saloniki, Greece, "Black Sabbath", 11/07/1942. On "Black Sabbath", 9000 Jewish men of ages 18-45 were forced to gather in the "Freedom square" where they were humiliated for the entire day. In this photograph a soldier is pouring water on a Jew's head.

Saloniki, Greece, "Black Sabbath", On "Black Sabbath", 9000 Jewish men of ages were forced to gather in the "Freedom square" where they were humiliated for the entire day. In this photograph a soldier is pouring water on a Jew's head.

Place verte avec le "Grand Bazar"

Place verte avec le "Grand Bazar"

Landrecy Liege Belgium Star Fort Fortifications 1672 antique engraved print #Realism

Landrecy Liege Belgium Star Fort Fortifications 1672 antique engraved print #Realism

Nurse at the Scherbatsevich hospital, Olga Fedorovna, hanged by the Germans in Alexander Square in Minsk, October 26,1941. The inscription on the poster hanging around her neck reads in Russian and German - "We are partisans, shooting at German soldiers." Hanging was a favored tactic for small-scale killings because it has a more dramatic effect

Nurse at the Scherbatsevich hospital, Olga Fedorovna, hanged by the Germans in Alexander Square in Minsk, October The inscription on the poster hanging around her neck reads in Russian and German - "We are partisans, shooting at German soldiers.

Memorial to Belgian heroine Gabrielle Petit, who spied for the British Secret Service during World War One. When finally betrayed in 1916, she refused to reveal her fellow-agents' identities, despite offers of amnesty in return. Mme. Petit was shot by a German firing squad, and she is honoured to this day for her courage and patriotism.

Memorial to Belgian heroine Gabrielle Petit, who spied for the British Secret Service during World War One. When finally betrayed in 1916, she refused to reveal her fellow-agents' identities, despite offers of amnesty in return. Mme. Petit was shot by a German firing squad, and she is honoured to this day for her courage and patriotism.

LeMat pinfire revolver    Designed by Eugène Jean Alexandre Le Mat in 1856, manufactured in Liège, Belgium between 1863 and 1865, serial number 3214.  12mm pinfire 9-shots cylinder revolving around a 20 gauge percussion ‘grapeshot’ barrel firing a three parts lead projectile. The selector switch flips down to hit the percussion cap of the shotgun barrel.

qsy-complains-a-lot: “ LeMat pinfire revolver Designed by Eugène Jean Alexandre Le Mat in manufactured in Liège, Belgium between 1863 and serial number pinfire cylinder.

Liege, Belgium, Members of the local Gestapo in uniform.

Liege, Belgium, Members of the local Gestapo in uniform.