|General Sabotage Group of Belgium|
Groupe Général de Sabotage de Belgique |
Participant in the Second World War
|Leaders||Jean Burgers (founder)|
|Opponents||German Occupying Forces|
Groupe G was a Belgian resistance group during the Second World War, founded in 1942 and opposed to the Nazi occupation of the country. The group's common name is abbreviated from it more full title of General Sabotage Group of Belgium (French language:Groupe Général de Sabotage de Belgique). Groupe G's activities concentrated particularly on sabotage of German rail lines and it is widely considered to have been the most effective resistance group in Belgium during the period.
Groupe G was founded in 1942, by a group of former students of the Université libre de Bruxelles and its ranks were mainly filled by students. Unusually for a resistance cell of the period, the unit's activities were not restricted to a single area as it operated across the country.
In 1944, Groupe G was responsible for a co-ordinated action on all electric train lines in Belgium. This action alone is estimated to have cost German forces around 10 million man-hours of reparations before the communications were restored.
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