|Belgian National Movement |
Mouvement National Belge
Belgisch Nationale Beweging
|Participant in the Belgian Resistance (World War II)|
|Active||December 1940-September 1944|
Liberal or Catholic
The MNB was founded in Brussels in December 1940 by Aimé Dandoy. It focused on evacuating Allied airmen, sabotage and intelligence gathering. Most of its members were recruited from the French-speaking middle classes, and maintained a center-right political stance which was more moderate than the powerful Belgian Legion group (later the Secret Army).
In September 1942, the group signed an agreement with the large left-wing Front de l'Indépendance group in order to co-ordinate their operations, however the groups were mutually suspicious and shared very different political ideologies which reduced their scope for greater collaboration.
In February 1944, most of the leaders of the group were arrested by German forces, effectively halting almost all the activities of the group, though the newspaper continued to be published until the liberation of Belgium in September 1944.