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The Generals’ Duel: Five Days Of War At The Military Strategic Level

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This chapter deals with the execution of the German and Dutch campaign plans, from the opening of hostilities to the Dutch capitulation. It shows how the Dutch commander-in-chief General H.G. Winkelman and the Commander of the Field Army, Lieutenant General J.J.G. baron van Voorst tot Voorst on the one hand, and their opponents, Army Group B commander, Generaloberst Fedor von Bock and 18th Army commander, General der Artillerie Georg von Küchler on the other hand, led their respective operations. The chapter describes the five days of war at the military strategic level. For the Dutch, the strategic plan was based on a long and staunch defence of Fortress Holland. This battle would be fought in allied cooperation with France, Britain and Belgium. For this plan to succeed, the area within Fortress Holland would have to be, and remain, entirely in Dutch hands.

Keywords: Dutch Field Army; Fedor von Bock; five days of war; Georg von Küchler; German army leadership; H.G. Winkelman; J.J.G. baron van Voorst tot Voorst; military strategic level



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