By Doug Dildy

The nice blitzkrieg crusade of May/June 1940 observed German forces pour via Holland and Belgium to confront the French and British. The attack used to be audacious; it depended on pace, feinting and manoeuvre up to stronger strength, and in any case those traits have been to turn out decisive to German good fortune. that includes bright illustrations, illuminative bird's eye perspectives and maps, this publication charts the unfolding of an unheard of 'lightning war', which observed the 1st ever airborne attack at a strategic point, and the biggest conflict of armour so far. by no means within the heritage of struggle had the conflict among such huge, robust, and it appears equivalent forces been determined so speedily and conclusively.

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FJR 2) landing near the airfield. /IR 65) – landed, the infantrymen engaging the lightly armed depot troops in a fierce fire-fight. /AR 22). The small airfield became so crowded with transports that ten more Junkers diverting from Ypenburg, including the one bearing Sponeck, had to land on nearby beaches, polders, or meadows. Around 0930hrs, the more heavily armed Luftlande infantry finally overcame the depot’s defenders, killing 28 and capturing 50 more, but the delay was sufficient to allow hasty but effective Dutch responses.

N)/JG 2) of Bf 109D night fighters – the only Luftwaffe fighter pilots trained to take off in the dark – arriving in the target areas at 0520hrs. Following them, two squadrons of the longer-ranged Bf 110 Zerstörer (‘destroyer’) from ZG 1 angled north-west to cover the three target airfields around The Hague while two others continued west to attack the ML’s training bases at Haamstede and Souburg. Behind these came the Bf 109E day fighters, JG 26 covering the Amsterdam area and JG 51 patrolling the Rotterdam region.

3 Group) that knocked out Waalhaven altogether – destroying a further 13 Ju 52/3ms. The Dutch destroyer Van Galen. com But by the end of the day Gruppe Süd had massed 3,700 troops at Rotterdam and Student began dispatching elements of his command to hold the vital bridges against the Dutch counter-attacks sure to come. It would be at least three more days before Küchler’s panzers arrived and only then if they were not delayed by Giraud’s approaching 7e Armée. Additionally, Student’s airlift units had suffered severe losses.

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