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‘Fall Festung’: A Surprise Attack On The Hague

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During the night of 9 May, bombers, fighter planes and transport aircraft took off from German air bases for the surprise attack on the airfields of Ypenburg, Valkenburg and Ockenburg. The plan was as follows: first, the airfields would be bombed and machine-gunned to disrupt the defences, then paratroops would be dropped and, finally, the aircraft carrying the air-transportable troops would land on the terrain which had by then been captured by the paratroops. The barracks in The Hague were also to be bombed to prevent the units billeted there from moving to the airfields. The attack on The Hague was entrusted to the 22nd Air Transportable Division, which was under the command of Generalleutnant H.E.O. Graf von Sponeck.

Keywords: attack on The Hague; Ockenburg; Valkenburg; Ypenburg



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