All Our Yesterdays: Belgium in 1955, courtesy of NATO

The film presents Belgium's history and contribution to the Atlantic Community. It successively shows the cities of Brussels, Antwerp, Bruges and Ghent, the Belgian historical and cultural heritage, the dense railway network, trade activities in Belgium, including commerce with the Belgian Congo, and the importance of the textile and railway industries.

The story concludes on the crucial place of Belgium as an international centre in the Atlantic Community.

"Introducing Belgium" is part of a series originally designed as "Know your Allies", and finally titled "the Atlantic Community Series". Its objectives were to familiarise public opinion in each of the member country with the other Alliance members and to emphasise the national contributions to Western culture and political traditions, economic reconstruction and allied defence in the framework of NATO.

The series was produced between 1954 and 1956 and financed by the US government in the context of the Marshall Plan with the cooperation of the Information Service of NATO, and distributed by NATO. The films in the Atlantic Community Series received large non-theatrical distribution and, in some cases, were shown in cinemas and on TV. Language versions were made and distributed with the help of the national governments

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