During World War II, General Stanislaw Maczek's of the Polish First Armored Division took part in the fighting to liberate the city.

An excerpt from the article 44 facts about Ghent

On January 1, 1945, one of the largest air battles of the end of World War II, known as the Battle of Ghent, took place over the Sint-Denijs-Westrem airfield near Ghent. Polish air squadrons 302, 308 and 317 took part in the battle.