13.5.13

May 13, 1940 Churchill forms a new government, Holland collapses

Blood, toil, tears and sweat.



In the south of Fortress Holland [at the Island of Dordrecht] the German 9th Tank Division had reached and penetrated the Fortress. They would advance in the direction of the besieged city of Rotterdam.


In the heart of the Dutch outer-defences - at the Grebbeline - the Germans were about to launch the final push against the last remaining defences at the Grebbeberg. Another division-strength attack was planned at the small city of Scherpenzeel. Dutch defeat at either these locations would mean the collapse of the entire Grebbeline and force the Dutch to retreat onto the eastern-front of the Waterline. Although a certain level of defence could still be maintained thereafter, the loss of both the south front Fortress Holland and the Grebbeline were each to itself a near fatal blow to the Dutch defence-system and strategy. At the end of the fourth day the country would be mortally wounded ...

I detest any form of totalitarianism, especially Nazism

Brantigny


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