Fall Gelb 1940 (2): Airborne Assault on the Low Countries by Doug Dildy

By Doug Dildy

The good blitzkrieg crusade of May/June 1940 observed German forces pour via Holland and Belgium to confront the French and British. The attack was once audacious; it trusted velocity, feinting and manoeuvre up to enhanced strength, and after all those traits have been to end up decisive to German good fortune. that includes bright illustrations, illuminative bird's eye perspectives and maps, this publication charts the unfolding of an exceptional 'lightning war', which observed the 1st ever airborne attack at a strategic point, and the biggest conflict of armour thus far. by no means within the historical past of struggle had the conflict among such huge, robust, and it sounds as if equivalent forces been made up our minds so quickly and conclusively.

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This left only 194 Ju 52/3ms available for resupply and reinforcements airlifts. While Sponeck’s attempted coup de main had been an unmitigated failure, Student’s operation was a qualified success. His 7. Fliegerdivision and IR 16 had captured all three pairs of bridges, but the 60 paratroopers and Luftlande infantry holding the north ends of the Rotterdam bridges were cut off, Dutch defences were rapidly being reinforced, and crossing the bridges was – for the time being – suicidal. The Germans had not ‘kicked in the door’, but they did have a foot stuck in it.

IR 65 Seven Ju 52/3ms landed at Waalhaven instead; one shot down by Dutch AA fire. 1648 KGrzbV 11; third trip 3 Supply Platoon Cancelled due to lack of aircraft. 46 Compiled and translated from German Planning Instructions to 22. LL Infanterie-Division; Attachment to 22. LL Div Operations Officer, Instruction Nr 176/40: 12 April 1940; modified to include known changes to this plan. /KGzbV 1 headed for the airfields around The Hague, his other three Gruppen fanned out to deliver the aerial assaults intended to secure the three pairs of bridges that would permit the panzers to enter Vesting Holland through the ‘back door’.

FJR 2 dropped in error near Katwijk. 9. 1140–1300hrs: Hook of Holland – ten Ju 52/3ms diverting from Ypenburg land parts of three companies of IR 65; 89 men withdraw into Staalduinen Wood, forming ‘Gruppe Martin’. 10. 1240hrs: LZ-3 – after repulsing German attempts to enter The Hague and to capture Loosduinen, supported by I-2e RA, I-Grenadiers attack Ockenburg airfield and I-Jagers attack Ockenrode Wood. LZ-2 – supported by II-2e RA, II-Grenadiers (reinforced) attack towards Ypenburg airfield.

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