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3. Belgian Defense Policy to the Great Depression

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Belgian defense policy between 1932 and 1940 did not spring into being from nothing. The issues of the size of the army, the length of service time, the proper organization of the defense of the realm, and the linguistic question had to be addressed before 1932. Thus, it is worth looking at Belgian defense policy in the 1920s and early 1930s. This chapter looks at the system under which defense policy was established - the interplay between the king, minister of national defense, and the chief of staff. It then examines the reduction of the army and service time and the ascent of two the most important figures for interwar Belgian defense policy - the return of Charles de Broqueville and the appointment of Lieutenant General Galet as chief of staff and his impact on the Belgian military, including the formation of a mixed commission to prevent his resignation.

Keywords: Belgian defense policy; Charles de Broqueville; Lieutenant General Galet



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