There is no evidence that Helmuth von Moltke, Chief of the German General Staff was anti-Belgian in any way, despite his statements here (and here). But there’s a historical precedent, it happened in the Napoleonic Wars then the Germans thought it was such a good plan they did it again in the Second World War.
The last panel only makes sense if you know that Alfred Schlieffen’s last words were reportedly, “Remember: keep the right wing very strong.”
It also only makes sense if you can read Schlieffen’s name on the grave.
Today’s comic is going up without my usual paintbucket heroism. There was a bit of a time crunch, so it’s just lines for the moment. When I have a little time I’ll clean it up.
Next: The Fashions of the Western Front!