After the Siege of Antwerp, a wave of French, British and German soldiers settled in the BIE-region. Around mid October 1914, Lichtervelde and Ingelmunster became the first 2 municipalities in the region to be occupied by the Germans. In other towns and villages in the area, it proved harder for the Germans to gain a foothold. This changed on October 19th, a day that would go down in local history as "Schuwe Maandag”.
On 19 October 1914, German troops were ambushed by a group of French snipers near Roeselare. For the first time since their arrival in the region, the young and inexperienced soldiers were confronted with the deadly horrors of war. Infuriated and completely thrown off balance by the surprise attack, the Germans remembered the stories of Belgian resistance they had heard during their training. Attributing the attack to Belgian civilians, the German troops set out on a vengeful spree. Moving through Roeselare and its neighbouring towns, they left a devastating trail of bloodshed, arson and destruction. After hours of intense fighting between French and German troops, Beveren and Roeselare were captured by the Germans. Rumbeke and Oekene were occupied on the same day. In Kachtem, German soldiers retaliated against the local population, killing 4 civilians and setting fire to a number of houses.
In the meantime, the inhabitants of Moorslede had fled the area in droves. German troops soon moved in to occupy the evacuated town of Moorslede and its sub-municipality, Dadizele. On October 19th, while French soldiers continued to arrive in Staden, the Germans extended their advance and captured Gits and Hooglede.
On the night of October 19th, all hell broke loose in Staden. After a series of intense battles between German and French soldiers, German troops gained control over the village on October 20th. On the same day, after most residents of Westrozebeke and Oostnieuwkerke had fled, the Germans occupied both municipalities without much effort.
The town of Ingelmunster was spared from the horrors of Schuwe Maandag and became the hub of the German army's military supply chain.