hello, are you pleased with these pages ? then PLEASE also have a look at my wish list of these stamps: you can send me used stamps in trade
you can choose your stamps for a first trade from my offer list of Belgian stamps. I collect world wide used stamps and like to exhange stamps: new pages will follow soon. But remember, this is a hobby project: I will add pages as time permits.
|In November 1914, the vast majority of Belgian territory (2598 out of 2636 communes) was under German occupation. The only portion of Belgium that remained controlled by the Kingdom of Belgium in exile was the strip of territory behind the Yser Front. During World War I, Sainte-Adresse was the administrative capital of Belgium. The Belgian government in exile was installed from October 1914 to November 1918 in the Dufayel building, named after the businessman who had built it in 1911. The whole area of Sainte-Adresse, which still carries the national colours of Belgium on its shield, was leased to Belgium by the French government as a temporary administrative centre while the rest of Belgium was occupied. The area had a sizeable Belgian émigré population, and even used Belgian postage stamps. King Albert I considered that it was inappropriate for the King to leave his own country and so did not join his government in Le Havre. Instead, he established his staff in the Flemish town of Veurne, just behind the Yser Front, in the last strip of unoccupied Belgian territory. Stamps were used in Saint-Adresse, Le Havre, and after liberation in the rest of Belgium.|