Having captured Ingelmunster on the previous day, the German army force met little resistance at Hooglede and Lichtervelde. Both villages were occupied on 15 October 1918. The Germans killed 2 farmers at St-Jozef and executed 2 British soldiers at Gits.
In Staden, a brief shootout took place between 2 Belgian and 2 German soldiers, and 5 grenades were launched at the church tower. An estimated 4000 inhabitants of Staden fled in the direction of Ypres. In the meantime, a great number of German soldiers arrived in Rumbeke, Roeselare and Izegem.
The photo shows the town square of Hooglede.