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Victor Deguise

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Lieutenant-General Victor Joseph Dieudonné Deguise (22 December 1855 – 18 March 1925) was a Belgian general responsible for the defence of Antwerp during World War I. Career Deguise entered the Belgian Army in 1874 as a lieutenant in the engineering corps. By 1888 he was appointed as professor of fortifications at the Military Academy of the Belgian Army. Between 1909 and 1911 he was the commander of the engineering units in Brussels. Between 1911 and 1914 he was a director of the 3rd military district in Belgium, responsible for fortifications. World War I At the outbreak of World War I he was the military governor of the important port city of Antwerp (at that time the third largest port of the world). After the German attack on Belgium on 4 August 1914, he was ordered by King Albert I of Belgium, the commander-in-chief of the army, that he must hold Antwerp by all means. The Belgian army retreated to the National redoubt of Belgium on 20 August 1914, from where
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