- May 2014
To be fair, though, that long common border was full of fortifications on the French side. As for having Germany trying to take these fortifications, well, it wouldn't have exactly been easy--just look at Verdun in real life.It seems I'm not dreaming.
In the 1870 treaty warranting Belgium's neutrality, Prussia/Germany declared itself a warrant of the neutrality.
It engaged itself in protecting Belgium's neutrality!
Giving an ultimatum (because it was an ultimatum) to Belgium was breaking it's own engagement in the 1870.
Asking Belgium to let German troops passing through was asking Belgium to break itself the neutrality treaty.
As for Your "moral" concerns on Belgian lives: if Germany really needed to pick up a fight with those Frenchies, it could very well do it directly.
Germany and France did have a long common border, remember?